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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Zika Diagnosed in Texas

Zika, a mosquito-borne viral disease that presents with rash, joint pain, and muscle aches was diagnosed recently in a Houston-area patient. This virus has also been linked to microcephaly in Brazil. Although this disease has usually been restricted to visitors to endemic regions, since the two known mosquito vectors ( Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) are present on the Texas gulf coast area, it is possible that Zika could establish itself in Texas. Additional information about Zika is available from http://www.wsj.com/articles/houston-area-woman-diagnosed-with-mosquito-borne-zika-virus-1452628952