2017 Zika Virus


Zika virus is a disease spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, specifically, Aedes species mosquito. These are the same mosquitoes that spread other viruses such as dengue and chikungunya.

The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.  People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and death is rare. There is no vaccine to prevent or specific medicine to treat Zika virus. 

During pregnancy, Zika virus can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects, and Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Though Zika is primarily a mosquito-borne virus, it can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus.  It can also be spread through sex. If individuals have traveled to Zika-infected areas and suspect they have become infected with the virus, it is recommended that they use safe-sex practices and notify their healthcare provider for further evaluation. 

If you wish to view case-counts in Texas for 2017 and for previous years, click here.

Learn more about Zika from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Spanish Zika Information

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Info for Travelers
Traveling to Zika Areas
Returning from Zika Areas
CDC: Traveling While Pregnant
CDC: Enjoy Your Vacation
Around Your Home
For Kids
Mosquito Coloring Sheet
Mosquito Crossword Puzzle
Prevent The Bite Bookmark (formatted to print 5 bookmarkers per page)
Zika Testings
CDC: For Men, A Positive Zika Virus Test
CDC: For Women, A Positive Zika Virus Test
CDC: For Pregnant Women, A Positive Zika Virus Test
CDC: For Parents, A Positive Zika Virus Test
Pregnant Women
CDC: What to Know - Congenital Zika Syndrome
CDC: What to Know - Affected by Zika, No Related Conditions
CDC: Traveling While Pregnant
CDC: Pregnancy and Zika
CDC: For Pregnant Women, A Positive Zika Virus Test
Zika and Sexual Transmission
CDC: People Living in Areas With Zika
CDC: People Whose Partner Travelled to an Area With Zika
First Responders
Zika Info for First Responders
Spread the Word

  • Don't feed storm drains! Sweep clippings away from sidewalks/drains to prevent #mosquitoes. #PreventTheBite #Zika

  • Dump standing water in/around your home: buckets, bird baths, planters, can breed #mosquitoes! #PreventTheBite #Zika

  • Let breeze in but keep #mosquitoes out: install/replace screens on doors & windows, & use A/C. #PreventTheBite #Zika

  • Use EPA-reg repellent w/DEET, IR3535, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus/PMD, or 2-undecanone to stop #mosquitoes! #PreventTheBite

  • Cover up-wear long shirts/pants & socks, use netting on strollers/cribs/carriers 2 stop #mosquitoes #PreventTheBite

  • Protect #pets from #mosquito diseases like #WNV & #Chagas. Talk to your vet today! #PreventTheBite #Zika

  • Learn what you can do Day and Night to #PreventTheBite at home, outdoors & when traveling: www.hcphtx.org/zika

  • It’s up to you to #PreventTheBite when it comes to #mosquitoes. Reduce sources of standing water around your home (buckets, planters, bird baths, tires), install or repair screens on windows and doors and keep lawn clippings away from storm drains. Learn what you need to know on mosquito-borne diseases at: www.hcphtx.org/zika. 

  • Protect yourself from #mosquitoes! COVERING UP: wearing long shirts and pants, and socks, and using netting over infant carriers and cribs. USE REPELLENT: that contains one of the following: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus/PMD, or 2-undecanone. Learn about #ZikaVirus and how to #PreventTheBite at www.hcphtx.org/Zika

  • ¡No abastezca las alcantarillas! Barra los residuos del pasto de banquetas y drenajes para prevenir #mosquitos. #Prevengalapicadura #Zika

  • Vacíe el agua estancada dentro y alrededor de su casa en: cubetas, baños para aves y macetas pueden criar mosquitos. #Prevengalapicadura #Zika 

  • Deje entrar la brisa y deje los #mosquitos afuera: instale/reemplace telas metálicas en puertas y ventana y utilice el aire acondicionado #Prevengalapicadura #Zika 

  • Use un repelente para insectos aprobada por la EPA con DEET, IR3535, picaridina, aceite de limón de eucalipto, o 2-undecanone.

  •  #Prevengalapicadura de #mosquitos usando ropa de manga larga, pantalones largos y calcetines. Cubra con un mosquitero los portabebés, cunas y carriolas. 

  •  Proteja a las #mascotas de enfermedades transmitidas por #mosquitos cómo #VNO y #Chagas. Hable con su veterinario #Prevengalapicadura #Zika 

  •  #Prevengalapicadura de día y de noche en su casa, el exterior y cuando salga de viaje: www.hcphtx.org/zika

  • De usted depende, #Prevenirlapicadura de #mosquitos. Elimine el agua estancada en su casa (cubetas, baños para aves, macetas, llantas), instale o reemplace telas metálicas en puertas y mantenga los residuos del pasto recién cortado fuera de las alcantarillas. Aprenda lo que usted necesita saber sobre las enfermedades transmitidas por mosquitos en: www.hcphtx.org/zika.

  • ¡Protéjase de los #mosquitos! CUBRASE: use ropa ligera de mangas largas, pantalones largos y calcetines y use mosquiteros sobre portabebés y cunas. USE REPELENTE para insectos que contenga: DEET, IR3535, picaridina, aceite de limón de eucalipto, o 2-undecanone. Aprenda lo que necesita saber sobre el #VirusdelZika y cómo #Prevenirlapicadura en www.hcphtx.org/Zika

  • Đừng thả rác xuống cống nước mưa! Quét rác ra khỏi lề đường/cống thoát nước để phòng ngừa  #mosquitoes. #PreventTheBite

  • Đổ nước đọng trong và xung quanh nhà:  xô nước, bồn tắm chim, chậu hoa, có thể sinh #mosquitoes! #PreventTheBite #Zika

  • Hãy luồng gió vào nhưng chặn #mosquitoes ra: cài đặt/thay đổi màng lưới trên cửa nhà & cửa sổ, & dùng A/C. #PreventTheBite

  • Dùng thuốc trị muỗi được EPA chấp thuận có chất DEET, IR3535, picaridin, dầu chanh bạch đàn để ngăn #mosquitoes

  • Che đậy, mặt áo tay dài/quần dài & vớ, dùng lưới che muỗi lên xe đẩy/cái nôi/túi sách để ngăn #mosquitoes #PreventTheBite

  • Bảo vệ #pets từ #mosquito nhiễm bệnh như #WNV & #Chagas. Hôm nay nói với bác sĩ động vật! #PreventTheBite #Zika

  • Hãy tìm hiểu xem bạn có thể làm gì Ngày và Đêm để #PreventTheBite tại nhà, ngoài trời & khi đi du lịch

  • Chính bạn mới có thể #PreventTheBite từ #mosquitoes. Giảm bớt nguồn nước đọng xung quanh nhà (xô nước, chậu hoa, bồn tắm chim, vỏ xe), cài đặt hoặc sửa chửa cửa sổ và cửa nhà. Đừng đổ rác vào cống thoát nước! Hãy tìm hiểu xem bạn cần biết gì về các căn bệnh do muỗi sinh ra: www.hcphtx.org/Zika #Zika

  • Bảo vệ bản thân từ #mosquitoes! CHE ĐẬY: Mặc áo tay dài, quần dài, và vớ. Đặt lưới che muỗi lên trên túi sách, cái nôi, và xe đẩy của em bé. DÙNG THUỐC TRỊ MUỖI có chứa một trong những thành phần như sau: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, dầu bạch đàn chanh, hoặc 2-undecanone. www.hcphtx.org/Zika #Zika #PreventTheBite


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2017 HCPH Zika Virus Cases

*Please note, these are the most current number of confirmed cases. This list is updated every Thursday by 2pm CST.

  • Locally acquired mosquito-borne cases reported: 0 
  • Travel-associated cases reported: 2
    • Pregnant woman: 0
    • Microcephaly: 0
    • Sexually transmitted: 0 
    • Guillain-Barre syndrome: 0
Age Range
Travel Month
Country of Travel
40 to 49
Jul, 2017
Costa Rica
10 to 19
Jul, 2017
Costa Rica
1 Total count: 2