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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Today Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed the 10th case of Zika virus in the county this year.
DCHHS says the 55-year-old patient live in Irving and was infected with Zika during a recent trip to Guatemala.
Zika virus is primarily transmitted to people by mosquitoes and in rare cases is also passed through sexual activity While the Zika virus rarely results in hospitalization or death, the biggest concern is the virus’s possible link to microcephaly, a condition that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads.
Officials with DCHHS is again advising anyone who has visited an area where Zika virus is present, or has had sexual contact with a person who traveled to an area where Zika virus is present to see a doctor if they show any symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.
The most recent positive diagnosis was a result of testing done at the DCHHS lab. The samples are now being sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services for review.
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