Dallas County Health says two more cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in the county — both imported by travelers.
(Article by NBC, republished from http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Dallas-County-Confirms-2-News-Zika-Cases-383301901.html)
Both cases were confirmed through the testing in the DCHHS lab and are being sent to the Teas Department of State Health Services for review.
The eighth case is a 15-year-old resident of Dallas who was infected with the virus during recent travel to Honduras and El Salvador. The ninth case is a 61-year-old resident of Garland who was infected during travel to Guatemala.
For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information.
Common symptoms of Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting several days to a week.
There is no medication to treat Zika virus and there is no vaccine; the best prevention is to avoid mosquitoes and sexual contact with infected people. The recommendations for avoiding the Zika virus are the same for avoiding West Nile virus.