LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Health officials with the Angelina County and Cities Health District as well as their partners are preparing for the possibility of the fast-spreading Zika Virus.
The Center for Disease Control is currently looking into 14 new U.S. cases believed to have been sexually transmitted. According to the World Health Organization the Zika Virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
In East Texas, health officials are starting to work with are government offices about how to handle the virus once it reaches the area.
"We had a meeting Wednesday morning and briefed our municipalities about the latest data on Zika Virus," said Sharon Shaw, the director of the Angelina County & Cities Health District. "Immediately following that we had a community partners meeting with all of our cities, our public works representatives and talked about what our strategy was going to be regarding protecting against Zika and educating about Zika."
Shaw said some strategies have already been put in place.
Shaw said over the next several weeks pamphlets and hand-outs will be distributed to public buildings for the public to pick up and have.