The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District has announced they have received positive results of the first ZIKA Virus case in Nueces County.

The patient is a female resident of child bearing age that delivered in May 2017. The patient claimed she was diagnosed with Zika early in her pregnancy in Mexico. Subsequent tests were conducted for Zika and sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and did confirm the presence of the Zika virus.

This case of Zika virus is considered travel related since the patient was symptomatic and diagnosed in Mexico. People infected while visiting areas where ZIKA is being spread and then diagnosed after returning home are considered “travel related cases.” We have not had any positive mosquitos collected in Nueces County at this time. ZIKA virus is primarily spread to people through mosquito bites. The virus can be spread from mother to child. Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact has also been reported. It has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly, a condition where a baby's head is much smaller than expected and can cause developmental delays. The virus is also known to cause other poor birth outcomes in some women infected during their pregnancy. 

Most people infected with the virus have mild or no symptoms. The most common symptoms of ZIKA virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye).

The Health District continues to advise Nueces and surrounding area residents that preventing mosquito bites is the most important measure to prevent ZIKA. Dr. Burgin advises residents to contact their local physician if you believe you have contracted the ZIKA virus especially if you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant.

Outbreaks of ZIKA are occurring in many countries. In response, CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to areas where ZIKA is being spread. Pregnant women should not travel to areas affected by ZIKA.

Again the Health District strongly urges residents to help “Fight the Bite” by following the five D’s:

From Dawn, Daytime and Dusk, avoid mosquitoes if possible.

Dress in long sleeves and pants, if spending time outside.

Use DEET or any EPA approved mosquito repellent.

Drain standing water around household.

See your Doctor, if you feel sick after being bitten.

For more information call the ZIKA Hotline at 361-826-7204 (English) or 361-826-7210 (Spanish) or go the Health District’s website at http://forward.cctexas.com/departments/health-district.