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Cyclospora – July 16, 2018

DSHS and local health departments around the state are investigating an increase in the number of reported cases of the Cyclospora parasite beginning in early May. Long-lasting illnesses caused by the parasite, with symptoms like watery diarrhea, loss of appetite and fatigue, have been seen in various parts of the state and have prompted public health experts to advise health care providers and the public to be aware of the symptoms and pursue testing when needed.

Past outbreaks have been associated with imported fresh produce, and disease investigators are busy gathering information about the current illnesses as they attempt to determine whether there is a common source for the current outbreak. DSHS will update the 2018 count of Cyclospora cases here on Mondays during the outbreak. More information is available in the DSHS news release Illnesses Caused by Cyclospora Parasite Prompt Public Health Investigation.

Reported Cyclosporiasis Case Counts** by County in Texas, 2018

Reported Cyclosporiasis Case Counts** by County in Texas, 2018
County Count
Bexar 14
Brazoria 2
Brazos 1
Cameron 2
Collin 5
Dallas 6
Denton 1
Ellis 1
Fort Bend 1
Galveston 2
Grayson 1
Grimes 1
Guadalupe 1
Harris 10
Hidalgo 6
Houston 1
Jackson 1
Kaufman 1
Kendall 1
Kerr 1
Maverick 1
McLennan 1
Montgomery 4
Parker 1
Starr 2
Tarrant 1
Travis 20
Victoria 1
Waller 1
Washington 1
Williamson 1
TOTAL 93

**data are provisional and subject to change
*new counties with cases

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For the latest Zika news, see our News Releases page and/or TexasZika.org.

Zika Virus – July 10, 2018

DSHS provides updates every Tuesday on the number of Zika virus disease cases in Texas by the patient’s county of residence. As of the week ending July 7, three Zika cases have been reported for 2018. There have been 55 cases reported for 2017, though that number could still change. Full data for previous years is available at TexasZika.org.

2018 Zika cases by county

Collin - 1 
Williamson - 2

All 2018 cases are associated with travel.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever, rash, muscle and joint aches and red eyes (conjunctivitis). Symptoms are usually mild, and most people exposed to Zika virus won’t develop any symptoms at all. Zika has also been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with the virus while pregnant.

Because the virus spreads from place to place through human travel, DSHS encourages people to follow travel precautions for countries and regions where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. That generally includes Latin America, the Caribbean and some Pacific islands. DSHS recommends travelers avoid mosquito bites while abroad and for 21 days after returning, in case they have been exposed to the virus.

People everywhere can protect themselves from mosquito bites and the threat of Zika by taking a few simple steps:

  • Apply EPA-registered insect repellents.
  • Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts that cover exposed skin.
  • Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home. 
  • Remove standing water in and around your home.
  • Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.

Additional information at TexasZika.org

Texas Zika Campaign Materials

DSHS Zika News Releases

Zika Virus at CDC

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Last updated July 16, 2018