Zika Update: Four Additional Local Zika Cases Identified in Cameron County

On 12/9/16, The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a news release announcing four additional suspected locally transmitted Zika cases in Cameron County. The cases were identified in the follow-up from the first case announced on 11/28/16. 

According to the DSHS news release,"'These cases were found through careful public health work and collaboration at the local, state and federal levels,' said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner, 'and we’ll continue to follow through with the investigation and additional surveillance to identify other cases and other places experiencing local mosquito transmission of Zika. That information will be crucial to any future public health guidance.'

It’s also important that health care providers continue to be on the lookout for Zika and pursue testing pregnant women who have traveled to Mexico or other areas where Zika is spreading and testing anyone with symptoms compatible with Zika. More specific guidance for clinicians is available at www.texaszika.org/healthcareprof.htm."

DSHS reports that, "Prompted by the additional cases, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is expanding the Medicaid benefit for mosquito repellent beyond Dec. 31 for residents of Cameron County. The benefit was recently brought back with news of the first Zika case likely transmitted locally and is in place statewide through Dec. 31. For Cameron County, the benefit will be in place indefinitely as state health officials collect more information about the scope of transmission in Texas." 

To read the full news release, visit http://dshs.texas.gov/news/releases/2016/20161209.aspx