First Texas Zika infections of the year reported in WilCo
Two people in Williamson County have been infected with the Zika virus -- the first confirmed cases in Texas for 2018.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the two cases are from February, and the infection was 'travel related.’
"It is the time of year where travelers certainly could be coming back possibly infected with Zika if they are in an area that is Zika endemic or in an area where it normally occurs year round," said John Teel, Executive Director for Williamson County and Cities Health District
Teel confirms the two people infected were husband and wife and contracted the virus after traveling to Belize.
The virus can be transmitted locally if a mosquito bites an infected person and then bites another person within a week.
"By going outside, they could infect mosquitos in their yard. Those mosquitoes could then infect neighbors within about 150 yards of that house," Teel said.
Zika can cause severe defects in babies born to women infected during pregnancy.
For more information on the virus, visit zika.org.