As Texas enters its long mosquito season, and many people travel to places where Zika is active, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has created a website where both the public and health care workers can access the latest Zika news and information.
The website also offers posters, fact sheets, flyers, and graphics designed to be shared on social media for physicians and health care professionals to post in their offices or distribute to patients, clients, and the public.
As of June 10, there are 41 reported cases of the Zika virus in Texas. Of those, 40 were travelers who were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home; one of those cases was a pregnant woman.
The DSHS encourages healthcare workers to follow good infection control and biosafety practices, including universal precautions, as appropriate to prevent or minimize the risk of transmission of infectious agents, such as Zika.