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

Zika Virus – June 20, 2017

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 June 16, 14 Zika cases have been reported for 2017, with 323 cases reported for 2015 and 2016. Full data for previous years is available at TexasZika.org.

Bexar - 1
Brazoria - 1
Brazos - 1
Cameron - 4
Collin - 1 
Dallas - 1
Denton - 1 
Harris - 1 
Lubbock - 1
Smith - 2

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.

The Texas Department of State Health Services continues to prepare for the possible transmission of Zika virus in Texas by emphasizing how people can protect themselves, increasing the state’s capacity to test for the virus, and working with local governments to assess mosquito control capabilities and activities.

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 News Releases

Zika Virus at CDC

 


West Nile – June 20, 2017

Texas is again experiencing illnesses caused by West Nile virus, a virus spread by mosquitoes. In 2016, Texas reported 370 human cases of West Nile illness, including 18 deaths. Most people who get infected don’t get sick, but about 20 percent will experience symptoms of West Nile fever: headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue. In one percent of infections or less, the virus can affect the nervous system, causing a case of West Nile neuroinvasive disease that can include neurological symptoms like disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, coma and even death. The precautions used to prevent mosquito bites to stop Zika will also help prevent West Nile infections.

2017 West Nile Cases
County West Nile Fever West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease Total
Cooke 1 1
El Paso 1 1
Montgomery 1 1
Panola 1 1
Van Zandt 1 1
Total 3 2 5

 


Tuna Recall – June 2, 2017

DSHS and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are alerting consumers about a recall of frozen yellowfin tuna distributed to restaurants and other establishments in Texas and other states because of potential contamination with the hepatitis A virus. DSHS is also advising health care providers to be aware of the possible link between hepatitis A infections and the recalled tuna.

The recall, conducted by Hilo Fish Company, includes eight ounce frozen yellowfin tuna steaks sourced from Sustainable Seafood Company that originated in Vietnam and were distributed in Texas by Louisiana Foods of Houston. The packages have a date code of 627152, lot number of 166623 and expiration date of 2018-10-01.

DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not identified any Hepatitis A infections caused by eating contaminated tuna. Because hepatitis A can have serious health consequences, CDC advises unvaccinated people who have consumed raw or undercooked tuna subject to the recall in the past two weeks to get a preventive dose of hepatitis A vaccine or immunoglobulin. People who ate the tuna fully cooked have a lower risk but should consult with a medical provider.

  • People who believe they ate the recalled tuna in the last two weeks should contact their health care provider about preventive therapy.
  • People who believe they may have gotten sick after eating the recalled tuna should contact their health care provider and inform them of the situation.
  • Restaurants and other establishments that received the recalled tuna should not serve it to customers and should wash and sanitize equipment and surfaces used to store, prepare or serve the product.
  • Restaurants and other establishments that are unsure whether they received the recalled tuna should contact their distributors.

A list of the restaurants and other establishments that received the recalled tuna is below. Sysco distribution locations in Houston, Longview and New Braunfels also received the tuna. Food safety officials are working with distributors to determine whether additional businesses received it and will continue to update this information.

Austin: Central Market Café, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
Dallas: The Clubs of Prestonwood, 15909 Preston Road
Kilgore: Jack Ryan’s, 119 N. Longview St.
Nederland: The Schooner Restaurant, 1507 S. Highway 69
Pasadena: Johnny Tamale Cantina, 4647 E. Sam Houston Parkway S.
Plano: The Conservatory at Plano, 6401 Ohio Drive
San Antonio: Myron’s Prime Steakhouse, 10003 NW Military Highway
South Padre Island: Sea Ranch Restaurant, 1 Padre Blvd.
Spring: Hilton Garden Inn, 23535 Northgate Crossing
Tyler: Jack Ryan’s, 102 N. College Ave.

FDA recall information
DSHS health advisory
DSHS hepatitis A information


Last updated June 20, 2017