The state of Texas Tuesday announced its first case of local transmission of the Zika virus. It is feared that the virus causes birth defects. Texas is the second US state, after Florida, to report the appearance of this mosquito-borne virus.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, this case of infection involves a woman who is neither pregnant and nor who has recently traveled to any areas where there is currently a Zika epidemic.
Before officials discovered actual evidence of vector mosquitoes, cases of Zika infection were being regarded as “possible” instances of local transmission.Texan state health officials said that there are currently no other suspected cases of local transmission of the Zika virus, but have given assurances that they will continue to monitor the situation.
Florida was the first state in the US to report cases of local transmission of the virus, reporting 238 instances of this kind of case, bringing this year’s tally to date to over 1,200 cases of infection in the state as a whole.