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Health alert: Zika

Health alert: ZikaThursday, Feb 25, 2016 - Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) identified the first imported case of Zika virus in the county, in a positive sample tested in TCPH's North Texas Regional Laboratory.

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is typically mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don't get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika.

Cook Children's Newsroom resources covering Zika

Here are resources from the experts at Cook Children's Newsroom to help you learn about Zika.

Zika virus confirmed in Tarrant CountyZika virus confirmed in Tarrant County
Checkup Newsroom
TCPH says the patient traveled to a Caribbean country with known local transmission of the disease. No other health information will be released at this time to protect the identity of the patient.

Zika: From nuisance to genuine threat to public healthZika: From nuisance to 'genuine threat to public health'
Dr. Eric Hubli
Transmitted via the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, Zika was thought to be a "weak" cousin of the more dangerous viruses that caused diseases such as Dengue Fever and Chikungunya.

Zika virus confirmed in Dallas CountyZika virus confirmed in Dallas County
Dr. Mary Whitworth
The first case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Dallas County as an STD. At this time, Dallas County officials have no reports of the Zika virus being transmitted by mosquito bites.

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