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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Tarrant County Public Health says it has identified a fifth imported case of Zika virus in the county.
A private laboratory received, tested and confirmed the sample. TCPH reports no local transmission at this time and surveillance continues.
The health department says this is the first imported case with a travel history to St. Lucia. The previous cases traveled to El Salvador, Puerto Rico (2) and St. Martin.
No other health information about the victims is being released for privacy reasons.
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, a known aggressive daytime biter.
Sexual transmission has been reported in a small number of cases.
The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is typically mild with symptoms lasting no more than seven days.
TCPH continues to distribute Zika Home Care Kits to Tarrant County residents being evaluated for Zika. The kits include mosquito repellant, mosquito dunks, educational materials and other items.
The kits are not being offered to the general public.
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