Zika has claimed its first death in Harris County, Texas. A newborn infant fell victim to the virus whose mother had recently traveled to Latin America. This is the second death caused by Zika in the United States.
Dr. John Hellerstedt, the Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner, noted, “Zika’s impact on unborn babies can be tragic, and our hearts are with this family.”
Officials in Harris County talked about the challenge of defeating Zika due to the nature of the mosquito that carries the virus. They also talked about a vaccine, but believe it still one or two years away. What might be even scarier is that this is the 17th case of travel associated Zika and there are a total of 28 cases in Harris County.
The Centers for Disease Control has previously issued a travel warning for parts of Miami-Dade County in Florida due to the Zika virus.
In order to protect yourself from Zika they have issued the following tips:
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