(May 9, 2016) Collin County Health Care Services confirms a Frisco resident has tested positive for the Zika virus. The case involves a woman who traveled outside the U.S. The patient is not pregnant. Zika virus is spread by infected mosquitos. To date, the Centers for Disease Control reports no mosquito transmitted cases in the United States.
City health inspectors visited the woman’s home to look for signs of mosquito activity or potential breeding sites; they found none. The home assessment involved ensuring the home’s window screens and doors are intact and no standing water is present.
“Mosquito season is here,” said Julie Stallcup, Environmental Health Supervisor. “Residents need to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellants, first and foremost. Experts tell us mosquitos carrying the Zika virus are predominantly ‘day biters’, which differs from mosquitos carrying West Nile virus. To fight any bites, we need to make applying insect repellants part of our daily routine.”
Experts says Zika virus symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes that may persist up to a week.
The Texas Department of State Health Services website encourages people to use caution when traveling in regions and countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. DSHS recommends the following steps to avoid mosquito bites.
Check out the website for the Centers for Disease Control for more information about Zika virus.
For more information, contact the City of Frisco’s Health & Food Safety Division of the Development Services Department at 972-292-5304 or go to www.FriscoTexas.gov/WNV