CONROE, Texas – A Montgomery County resident, living in Porter, Texas, has been confirmed to have the first case of the Zika virus in the county. The pregnant woman had recently traveled to a country with active Zika transmission. The Montgomery County Public Health District continues to ask homeowners to do their part to prevent mosquito borne illnesses, such as Zika.
According to the CDC, Zika can be transmitted in several different ways. Zika can be transmitted by mosquito bites, from mother to child through pregnancy, sexual contact, blood transfusion and laboratory exposure. At this time, the CDC recommends these measures to prevent the spread of the virus:
- Prevent mosquito borne illnesses by removing standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, birdbaths and any other items holding water on a weekly basis.
- Use EPA approved mosquito repellent, and wear long sleeved shirts and pants. Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite during the day and night.
- Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside and use your air-conditioning.
- Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners. Condoms can reduce the chance of getting Zika from sex. Condoms include male and female condoms. The virus is known to remain in semen longer than any other bodily fluid.
If you develop symptoms of Zika illness, please contact your medical professional. For more information on Zika please visit the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html