Health officials announce Zika virus patient in Texas

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According to KHOU, the Zika virus has arrived in the U.S. after an infected traveler returned to Texas.

Harris County officials are warning citizens to avoid mosquitoes, especially abroad, following the discovery a local resident had return from a Latin American nation infected. However, the disease can not pass from person to person.

It spreads pretty quickly,” said Dr. Richard Wallace, UT Health Northeast Infectious Diseases Expert. “The mosquitoes are available that spread the virus so in the next couple of years you’re going to hear about the virus in Texas.”

Much like Dengue and West Nile, this virus is spreading in areas that have never experienced them before. Experts believe that has a lot to do with precipitation patterns. 

The virus is known to cause birth defects in children and mostly causes several days worth of mild fevers, rash, aches and red eyes. The outbreak of this virus has been linked to Microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with only partially developed brains.

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