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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (December 22, 2016) – The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and the Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services (CCDHHS) have identified an additional Brownsville resident with a locally acquired case of Zika virus disease. It is the sixth local mosquito-transmitted case in Cameron County and Texas but is not thought to be connected to the other cases.
Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated testing and travel guidance for the city of Brownsville. Pregnant women with an epidemiological link to Brownsville on or after October 29, 2016, should be tested for Zika virus infection in accordance with CDC guidance. An epidemiological link means that they live in, traveled to, or had sex without using a condom with someone who lives in or traveled to Brownsville on or after this date.
State, county and local health departments continue to investigate the locally acquired Zika virus cases in Brownsville. The City of Brownsville Public Health & Wellness Department and the Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security continue to work with CCDHHS to address vector control activities in the area, including mosquito trapping and spraying throughout the city.
The City of Brownsville encourages citizens to continue taking the following preventative measures:
To report mosquito concerns or illegal dumping, please call (956) 546-HELP (4357).
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