Metro Health confirms 1st Zika Virus case in Bexar County


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SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has confirmed the first case of the Zika Virus in Bexar County.

In a press release, Metro Health received the confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the first case in Bexar County.

Metro Health also has additional possible infections under investigation. All are associated with travel to affected areas. The individual has now recovered and is virus-free.

The Zika virus is part of the same family as the viruses that cause yellow fever, West Nile, Chikungunya and Dengue. Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. About one in five people infected with Zika will get sick. According to the World Health Organization, which met today, most cases will have no symptoms but the virus has been linked to brain abnormalities in thousands of babies in Brazil.

Common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms typically begin 2 to 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

With no treatment or vaccine available, avoid traveling to the parts of the world where the virus is spreading. . If you do travel to a country where Zika is present, the CDC advises strict adherence to mosquito protection measures:

- Use an EPA-approved repellent over sunscreen

- Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts thick enough to block a mosquito bite

- Sleep in air-conditioned, screened rooms

See your healthcare provider if you have traveled to a country where Zika virus is occurring and are currently experiencing symptoms (fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes) within 2 weeks after traveling. Be sure to tell your health care provider where you traveled.