Travel-related Zika case confirmed in Midland County

Travel-related Zika case confirmed in Midland County

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Midland Health and Senior Services has confirmed the first local case of Zika in a Midland County resident.

According to the City of Midland, the resident is said to have recently traveled to a country with locally-transmitted Zika cases.

Zika is transmitted through infected mosquitoes. There are currently outbreaks in South America and the Caribbean.

"I suspect as the summer goes along, we will probably have some more cases. We have a lot of people in our community that travel abroad," said Sal Garcia, Midland Health Manager.

The infection was reported to the city by a local provider on Thursday. As of Friday, there are still no locally-acquired cases of Zika in Texas.

Although the health department believes more people will be infected overseas, they urge the public to not be alarmed because there are no mosquitoes that transmit Zika in our community.

Zika can also be transmitted through sexual contact, from a mother to her unborn baby, or through blood transfusions.

"No, you cannot get it by touching someone's hand or something. Rest assured that the health department is on top of this. Our local providers, our local community, our medical community is on top of this and we do the best we can to protect our citizens," said Garcia.

There are currently more than 10,000 confirmed cases of Zika in the U.S. and it's territories. More than 100 of those were reported in Texas. So far, all cases were contracted through traveling.

If you've recently traveled to an infected area and have a fever, rash, joint pain, or redness of the eyes, contact your doctor.

The health department is investigating the case. The family of the person infected will be tested for the virus.

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