3rd case of Zika virus reported in Dallas

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

DALLAS, Texas (KXAN) —  A third Dallas County resident tested positive this morning for the Zika virus, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS).

Health officials said the patient is 45-years-old, not pregnant and had recently traveled to Honduras. The individual was diagnosed with symptoms characteristic of the virus upon return to Dallas County.

Zika Virus spreads primarily through mosquitoes, though cases have been reported of transmission  through sexual contact and has been linked to birth defects and abnormalities in newborns. DCHHS urges individuals exhibiting symptoms such as fever, rash, and joint pain that have recently traveled to affected areas to see a healthcare provider. Additionally those who have had sexual contact with individuals who have the virus also need to be tested.

The two other individuals with confirmed cases of Zika in Dallas county have since recovered. One contracted the virus through intercourse and the other had recently traveled to Venezuela.

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