Zika Response

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Texas has made significant progress in its efforts to delay and minimize the impact of Zika on the state. While local transmission in Texas remains likely, public health officials do not expect widespread transmission across large geographic areas of the state. Small pockets of cases in limited clusters are more likely. This assessment is based on the state’s past experience with dengue, a similar virus spread by the same mosquitoes, and on the prevalent use of window screens, air conditioning, insect repellent and other mosquito control efforts in Texas.

Texas Zika Response Plan

DSHS is the lead state agency preparing for, coordinating, and responding to public health and medical incidents involving the Zika virus. For emergency preparedness and response, DSHS operates within the overall context of emergency management in Texas and in concert with local, state and federal partners.

The Zika Virus Preparedness and Response Plan (1.7 mb, PDF) updated Nov. 29, 2016, describes what actions DSHS will take to successfully respond to Zika. It follows a phased approach and includes specific response activities for local transmission.

  • Section I identifies activities that DSHS implements prior to local transmission of Zika by mosquitoes.
  • Section II identifies activities that DSHS implements once a potential case of local mosquito transmission or limited local transmission has been confirmed.
  • Section III identifies activities that DSHS implements once sustained local mosquito transmission has been confirmed.

The plan will continue to be practiced and improved as new information becomes available.

last updated May 31, 2018