12/14/2016 – Texas Department of State Health Services recommends all pregnant Brownsville residents and those who travel there be tested for Zika. Read the news release. The CDC keeps track of areas of the United States with Zika.
Outbreaks of Zika are occurring in many countries. In response, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued travel notices for people traveling to areas where Zika is being spread. Pregnant women should not travel to areas affected by Zika.
Most Texas cases of Zika are related to travel. People were infected while visiting areas where Zika is being spread and then diagnosed after returning home.
To help prevent infection, DSHS recommends:
During Your Trip
Travelers to areas affected by Zika should avoid mosquito exposure.
After Your Trip
All travelers returning to Texas from areas affected by Zika should avoid mosquito bites for 21 days following their return or following the onset of illness.