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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) -The Garland Health Department confirms an active case of Zika virus in the 600 block of Carriagehouse Lane (near the intersection of Lavon Drive/Highway 78 and Carriagehouse Lane.
The health department says the patient was infected with the virus during recent travel to Central America.
The infected individual returned to Garland during the disease phase in which they were capable of transmitting Zika via mosquitoes. Transmission via mosquito was possible as early as June 7.
The Garland Health Department says it will monitor the area near the infected individual’s home to assess mosquito activity and will take appropriate measures to protect public health.
Here is some background on the Zika virus:
Common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes).
Illness can last several days to a week and severe cases may require hospitalization. Only one in five individuals experience symptoms. More importantly, Zika virus has been associated with birth defects including microcephaly and fetal losses.
Zika is an emerging virus spread from person to person by Aedes mosquitoes.
These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters that typically lay eggs in artificial containers (buckets, bowls, animal dishes, vases, flower pots, etc.). There is no vaccine or cure for Zika, so prevention is paramount. Protect yourself, your family and your neighbors by practicing the four Ds that prevent mosquito-borne diseases (including Zika, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, and Dengue):
DEET all day, every day. Use insect repellents that contain DEET. Always follow label instructions.
Dress to prevent mosquito bites. Wear light-colored, long sleeves and pants whenever outside.
Drain and remove all standing water near your home, especially artificial containers.
Dusk and Dawn are the times of day that mosquitoes are most active. Limit outdoor activity during these times.
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