Dallas County health director speaks out about 5th case of Zika virus

- Another Dallas County resident who recently traveled to Colombia has contracted the Zika virus.

Health officials said the 67-year-old Irving resident has already recovered from the symptoms.

Symptoms of the mosquito-borne virus are usually mild and typically include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. The symptoms may only last for a few days.

However, it is possible for the virus to spread through sexual contact and doctors have linked it to birth defects in Central America.

Pregnant women especially are encouraged to avoid mosquitos, limit travel in countries where the virus is active and practice safe sex with any partner who may have been exposed.

On Good Day Saturday, Zach Thompson, Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services explained what Dallas County is now doing to stop the outbreaks. He just returned from the Zika Action Plan Summit in Atlanta.

Pamphlets with information on how to stop the spread of mosquitos have been passed out to Dallas County residents and more will be distributed in the coming weeks, Thompson said.

He is reminding people to take particular precautions. The precautions include, using DEET, dressing in long sleeved, light-colored clothing and limiting outdoor activities at dawn and dusk. People are also asked to remove areas of standing water, which can attract mosquitoes. 

 For more information, visit https://www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/chikungunya_dengue_zika.html

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