Texas Adds Three Counties to Enhanced Zika Testing Recommendations

If you are pregnant and live in Kinney, Maverick, or Val Verde counties, DSHS now recommends routine Zika virus testing. DSHS also advises testing for anyone in these counties with an itchy rash, plus one other common Zika symptom (fever, joint pain or eye redness). The new counties join six others where enhanced Zika surveillance is already occurring: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata. There’s no evidence of current Zika transmission in the area, however, the region is at a higher risk of Zika spreading by mosquitoes because of its climate and geography.

Prevent Mosquito Breeding and Bites

Your best protection against the Zika virus is to avoid infection and prevent mosquito breeding and mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or treatment for the Zika virus.

  • Change water in pet dishes.
  • Rinse and scrub vases and other indoor water containers weekly.
  • Change water in wading pools and bird baths several times a week.
  • Maintain backyard pools and hot tubs.
  • Water lawns and gardens carefully so water does not stand for several days.
  • Visit TexasZika.org for more ways to prevent mosquito breeding.

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Last updated August 24, 2017