The first locally transmitted case of the Zika Virus has been reported in the Rio Grande Valley in Cameron Country along the US and Mexico border. This is the first case that has been transmitted by a local mosquito in Texas. In Texas there are over 250 cases of the Zika virus reportedly all travel related until now.
Although, officials are not surprised by the locally transmitted case, Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner, still does not believe the virus will become widespread.
Now with the first case of local transmission local heath officials are going door to door asking residence for a voluntary urine sample & continuing education about the dangerous of the virus.
The mosquito that carries the Zika virus can lay eggs that last up to 1 year and are known to aggressively bite all day & all night. They live close to humans so it is important that we take measures to limit mosquito populations in & around the home:
Kill mosquitoes outside your home:
CDC recommends the use of an outdoor insect spray made to kill mosquitoes in areas where they rest. Also, take measures to remove standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs.
Control mosquitoes inside your home & keep mosquitoes out:
Make sure screen doors, air conditioners & windows are not letting mosquitos in.
Use an indoor insect fogger or indoor insect spray to kill mosquitoes and treat areas where they rest. These products work immediately, and may need to be reapplied. When using insecticides, always follow label directions. Only using insecticide will not keep your home free of mosquitoes.
Primary sources: Texas Department of Health Services & CDC.gov