Zika virus confirmed in Dallas County, spread through sexual contact

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The Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in Dallas County.

According to a release from DCHHS, the virus was acquired through sexual transmission in Dallas County in 2016. The patient was infected after having sexual contact with a person who was ill and had returned from a country with the Zika virus present. Their identity will remain private.

“Now that we know Zika virus can be transmitted through sex, this increases our awareness campaign in education the public about protecting themselves and others,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director.

The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

The virus has been connected to microcephaly, a neurological disorder causing an abnormally small head, sometimes leading to death.

There is currently no medication to treat the Zika virus and there is no vaccine.

DCHHS recommends the following to avoid the Zika virus:

– DEET all day, every day

– Dress with long sleeves and light-colored clothing outside

– Drain all standing water

– Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities.

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