Upshur County records first case of Zika Virus

Upshur County has recorded its first case of Zika Virus.

GILMER - The first case of Zika Virus has been reported in Upshur County.

As to date there are 168 cases reported in Texas. Two cases are in East Texas, one in Gregg, and now one in Upshur County.

According to the Texas Department of State Heath Services, the Zika virus is primarily spread to people through mosquito bites. The virus can be spread from mother to child. Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact has also been reported.

Most people infected with the virus have mild or no symptoms. For those who do develop symptoms, illness is generally mild and typically lasts a few days to a week. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).


(© 2016 KYTX)


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