An article released by mycentx.com on Thursday states that a case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Hamilton County bringing the total number of cases to 80 in the state of Texas.
“The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the case reported earlier this month,” the article reads. “Like an earlier reported case in Bell County, the agency spokesperson says the victim contracted the disease while traveling outside the country.”
The article goes on to say the victim has survived.
“The Zika virus is primarily spread to people through mosquito bites. The virus can be spread from mother to child,” the TDSHS website reads. “Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact has also been reported.”
Symptoms can include fever, joint pain, a rash and conjunctivitis, but some may experience no symptoms. Death from the virus is rare.
Preventing mosquito breeding can be one way to protect against the Zika virus. Here are some thing you can do to help:
- Empty or get rid of cans, buckets, old tires, pots, plant saucers and other containers that hold water weekly.
- Keep gutters clear of debris and standing water.
- Remove standing water around structures and from flat roofs.
- Change water in pet dishes daily.
- Maintain backyard pools or hot tubs.
- Cover trash containers.
- Water lawns and gardens carefully so water does not stand for several days.
- Screen rain barrels and openings to water tanks or cisterns.
Treat front and back door areas of homes with residual insecticides if mosquitoes are around.
Other ways to help prevent the Zika virus includes protecting yourself from mosquito bites and sexual transmission.
Action can also be taken community-wide in preventing mosquito breeding and recently the city of Stephenville took steps to help reduce mosquitoes in the area.
“People have expressed concerns about mosquitoes this year, so the city will do larvacide with mosquito dunks and briquettes in areas that have pooling or stagnant water,” Jeremy Allen, director of community services, said in a previous interview. “They’re just little donut things we place in the water that are harmless to birds, fish, wildlife and pets. This will help eliminate mosquito breeding in these highly dense areas.”
If citizens spot areas of standing water in their neighborhood, they are encouraged to contact Jesus Coronado, the parks superintendent, at 918-1239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.