Seventh case of Zika virus confirmed in the Houston area

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HOUSTON – In the Houston area seven active cases of the Zika virus are being tracked by both the Houston Health Department and the Harris County Department of Health.  Houston has confirmed three cases and Harris County has confirmed four.

All of the cases involve people who have traveled from Central and South America.

There was a female in her early 60s who have been confirmed in late December of having the virus after she had traveled to Columbia in November of 2015. A male in his late 30s was found to have the virus after traveling to Honduras in December 2015. A woman in her early 40s also had traveled to Honduras in December and she has been confirmed to have tested positive for the virus.

All of this comes in the wake of the World Health Organization declaring a “public health emergency of international concern” Monday over the Zika virus and the health problems that doctors fear it is causing.

“Members of the committee admit that the situation meets the conditions for a public health emergency of international concern,” Dr. Margaret Chan, the WHO director-general, said. “I have accepted this advice. I am now declaring that the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities reported in Latin America following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014 constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.”