LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County & Cities Health District has announced the first Zika virus case in the county.
According to a press release, a CDC lab confirmed the case on Aug. 22.
The person was infected by having sex with a partner who had traveled to a Zika-infected area outside the US.
The health district stated the person went to a healthcare facility in the county with Zika symptoms and said they had been in contact with someone who had traveled to a Zika-infected area.
"I am not surprised we had a case meet the criteria and was tested," Health District Director Sharon Shaw said. "Our country is so travel oriented and people travel to South America all the time, Mexico to Brazil area that it was just a matter of time before an individual traveled and was infected with Zika and brought that back."
The health district provided the person with education regarding Zika virus transmission and gave them a Zika kit which contained DEET insect repellent and condoms.
The health district released the following reminders:
State health officials urge everyone to follow precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites:
Apply EPA-approved insect repellent.
Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts that cover exposed skin. In warmer weather, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers exposed skin.
Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
Remove standing water in and around the home. This includes water in cans, toys, tires, plant saucers, and any container that can hold water.
Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.
To avoid infecting local mosquitoes, people who travel to areas with active Zika transmission should apply insect repellent every time they go outside for at least three weeks after they return to Texas – and longer if they develop an illness that could be Zika.
Many people infected with Zika virus won't have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are
Fever - Rash - Joint pain - Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
Other symptoms include:
Muscle pain - Headache
Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don't get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Symptoms of Zika are similar to other viruses spread through mosquito bites, like dengue and chikungunya.