Three Zika cases confirmed at Serangoon North Avenue 1

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 27, 2017

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Medical Entomology Laboratory and health officials from the Department of Health Services and Public Health Madison-Dane County announced the Aedes albopictus mosquito has been found in Dane County. "Fortunately, it doesn't appear that this has led to any other Zika cases". Officials believe the virus was transmitted by a mosquito in the state because the person hadn't recently traveled to any areas affected by Zika and hadn't had sex with a man who had the virus. The vast majority of those infections were contracted overseas, in South American countries where the virus has spread rapidly in recent years.

The first locally-transmitted case of Zika in Hidalgo County for 2017 has been confirmed by local and state health officials. The individual is no longer at risk of spreading the virus to mosquitoes. His test showed he had Zika antibodies, indicating a previous infection.

Though Zika causes mild or no symptoms in most people, in pregnant women it has been linked to several birth defects, including microcephaly, a condition in which a baby is born with a small head, or the head stops growing after birth. Most of the tests occurred after April, when the DSHS recommended that Zika testing become a routine part of prenatal care for women in Cameron, Willacy, Hidalgo, Starr, Zapata and WebbCounties.

The agency said: "NEA has been conducting preventive inspections in the vicinity before the cluster at Serangoon North Avenue 1 was notified to detect and destroy any potential mosquito breeding habitats".

Olivares urged any HidalgoCounty resident who experiences an itchy rash and at least one other Zika symptom - such as fever, joint pain or eye redness - to get tested.

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