First case of Zika in Harris County

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HOUSTON – What do West Nile, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika have in common? If you said, “mosquito” you’re right!

Zika is the newest mosquito-borne virus to create a “buzz”.

The virus has been reported in Mexico, Latin America, South America and Africa. Brazil has several confirmed cases and as many as 3,000 possible ones.

Now, Harris County officials have confirmed the first case of Zika virus in Texas, but the victim was not bitten here. The unidentified woman had recently returned from a trip to El Salvador.

Zika symptomsHere’s the 4-1-1 on Zika from the Centers for Disease Control. This “skeeter” bites during the day, but only one out of five people bitten will get sick. The most common symptoms of the Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis.

You’ll be happy to know, no one has died from Zika, and the symptoms only last about a week. Probably a good thing since there’s no medicine to treat this. To recover, doctors recommend getting plenty of sleep and drinking lots of water to prevent dehydration.

So far, it seems like this mosquito’s buzz is worse than its bite.