Don't Give Zika
a Biting Chance

What is Zika?

The Zika virus spreads through the bite of certain types of mosquitoes. While it can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and red or pink eyes, about 80 percent of people with Zika do not become ill or have symptoms. Zika can also spread through blood transfusions and sexual contact.

Currently, there is no vaccine or treatment for the Zika virus. Your best protection is to avoid infection. Prevent mosquito breeding and protect yourself from mosquito bites.

What Can I Do to Prevent Zika?

Take these simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the Zika virus:

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Apply EPA-approved insect repellent.
 
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Remove standing water in cans, bottles, buckets, tires, wheel barrows or any container that can hold water.

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Wear clothing that covers hands, arms, legs, and exposed skin. This can include hats with mosquito netting and socks to cover your ankles.

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Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.

Should I Worry?

Most of Texas has a long mosquito season, and many people travel to places where Zika is active. This means you have a greater chance of coming into contact with the Zika virus and spreading it to your loved ones and other Texans. Although rare, the Zika virus may also be a cause for Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition in which your immune system attacks part of your nervous system.

Check out the numbers of Zika cases in Texas below.

Reported Cases updated June 12, 2018

2 counties with cases in 2018
3 total statewide cases in 2018
381 total statewide cases since 2015

DSHS provides updates every Tuesday on the number of Zika virus disease cases in Texas by the patient’s county of residence. All cases are travel-associated except where otherwise noted.