Case of Zika reported in Rusk County

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Another East Texas case of Zika has been reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Rusk County received their first positive result this week. Cases have also been discovered in Angelina, Gregg and Upshur Counties. 

All cases in Texas have been associated with travel in countries where the disease is spreading.

A total of 208 cases have been reported in the state. The count includes 12 pregnant women, two infants infected before birth and two people who had sexual contact with travelers.

According to DSHS, to be reported as a Zika pregnancy case, the pregnant woman has to have had one or more clinical sign or symptom compatible with Zika and also have a positive Zika test result.

Zika virus is mainly spread through mosquito bites, according to the DSHS website.

Zika virus is primarily spread to people through mosquito bites. The virus can be spread from mother to child. Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact has also been reported.

Most people infected with the virus have mild or no symptoms. For those who do develop symptoms, illness is generally mild and typically lasts a few days to a week. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon and fatalities are rare. An increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome was noted during an outbreak of Zika virus in French Polynesia in 2014. An increase in microcephaly was noted during an outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil in 2015.

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