Zika diagnosis confirmed in San Antonio area

An Aedes aegypti mosquito photographed through a microscope (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
An Aedes aegypti mosquito photographed through a microscope (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a person in Bexar County had the Zika virus. It is the first diagnosis in the San Antonio area.

According to The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the patient has recovered and is now virus free.

About one in five people infected with Zika will get sick.

Metro Health is currently investigating additional infections that may possibly be the Zika virus. Those individuals under investigation had traveled to affected areas.

The Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas, which could see up to 4 million cases over the next year, international health officials said Thursday, announcing a special meeting next week to decide if they should declare an international health emergency.

The warning from the World Health Organization came amid a call to arms by officials on both sides of the Atlantic over the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to a spike in a rare birth defect in Brazil.

 

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