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Press ReleaseCDC Issues Updated Guidance for Zika Virus Cases in Brownsville
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (December 14, 2016) – State, county and local health departments continue to investigate five locally acquired Zika virus cases in Brownsville. While there is no evidence of widespread, sustained local transmission, temperatures in the region are conducive to mosquito-borne transmission, and therefore, the risk of continued locally acquired cases.
As authorities continue this ongoing investigation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated testing and travel guidance for the city of Brownsville. Based on the earliest time of symptom onset for cases of locally acquired Zika virus in Brownsville, and a maximal two-week incubation period for Zika virus, this guidance applies to pregnant women, women of reproductive age, and their sexual partners who live in or traveled to Brownsville on or after October 29, 2016.
“The City of Brownsville is working hand-in-hand with federal, state, and county health authorities throughout this active, ongoing response and surveillance of locally acquired Zika virus cases,” said Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez. “The health and safety of our citizens is of utmost importance. We will continue to perform educational outreach and intensive vector control efforts for this very serious health threat. Residents, especially pregnant women, are encouraged to protect themselves by taking precautionary measures.”
The City of Brownsville encourages citizens to take the following preventative measures:
To report mosquito concerns or illegal dumping, please call (956) 546-HELP (4357).
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