Zika in Fort Bend County
As the temperature rises the risk of Zika increases in Fort Bend County due to increased Mosquito activity. The increased risk is illustrated on the animated map through the changing color of the circles for each month.
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services has confirmed eleven (11) cases of Zika Virus in Fort Bend County since we started tracking the disease in 2016.*
- Locally acquired mosquito-borne cases reported: 0
- Travel-associated cases reported: 11
- Pregnant women: 1
- Microcephaly: 0
- Sexually Transmitted: 0
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome: 0
*Fort Bend County Health & Human Services is responsible for disease reporting in all of Fort Bend County with the exception of the areas within the City of Houston.
Note: For 2017, as of June, no Zika virus cases have been reported to Fort Bend County Health & Human Services.
Zika in Texas
As of the week ending July 28, there have been 19 Zika cases reported in Texas for 2017.
- Bexar – 2
- Brazoria – 1
- Brazos – 1
- Cameron – 6
- Collin – 1
- Dallas – 1
- Denton – 1
- Harris – 3
- Lubbock – 1
- Smith – 2
From December 2015 through December 2016, 323 cases of Zika virus were reported in Texas. Only six cases diagnosed were from local transmission all in the Brownsville, Texas area (Cameron County). The remaining 316 cases in Texas were travelers infected in other countries and diagnosed after returning to Texas. Two cases involved having sexual contact with someone who acquired the Zika infection while traveling abroad and three cases passes from mother to child before birth. For those planning travel to the Brownsville area the CDC has issued travel guidance.
Updated Case Count Information can be found on the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Website by visiting the following link: texaszika.org.
Zika in the United States (U.S.)
The primary vector (mode of transmission) for Zika is the Aedes aegypti mosquitoe. Areas of the U.S.that have this mosquitoe or have observed it then are areas that could have the virus transmitted. The map below provided by the CDC shows where this mosquitoe has been previously found in the U.S. However, the map only shows where the mosquitoe lives and not where Zika has been found. The following map shows places in the U.S. that have had patient diagnosed with Zika. Only Texas and Florida have had local transmission with the remaining cases diagnosed in returning travelers.
Zika Virus in Other Countries
In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infections in Brazil.
Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Currently, outbreaks are occurring in many countries. The Zika virus continues to spread and local transmission has been reported in 72 counties so far.
For the latest travel information, visit, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information