Texas reports first case of Zika likely from local mosquitoes

December 1, 2016

Texas officials announced Monday that a woman who tested positive for the Zika virus is likely the first case transmitted by a mosquito in the state.

The woman lives in the Rio Grande Valley’s Cameron County on the far southeastern tip of Texas on the Gulf Coast and Mexican border, according to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services.

The patient said she has not been in Mexico or anywhere else with ongoing Zika virus transmissions.

State officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working to determine exactly how and where the transmission occurred. Officials said they are continuing surveillance for the disease but at the moment they don’t believe anyone else in the area was affected through local transmission.

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