Texas county still on "high alert" over Zika virus

CAMERON COUNTY, Texas — The Centers for Disease Control reports 64 babies have been innate in a continental U.S. with Zika-related birth defects so distant this year. CBS News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook has been tracking a widespread of a Zika virus and recently spent time in Texas.

Last year, internal delivery of Zika in a limit city of Cameron County, Texas stirred a CDC to suggest slight Zika contrast for profound women here. So distant this year, 15 have tested positive, including Rocio Morado, 24. Last month, she delivered baby Hugo, innate with microcephaly

Morado says she knows now that Zika is widespread by mosquitoes and by passionate intercourse, though she didn’t know that before she got pregnant. That miss of recognition is all too common, according to Esmeralda Guajardo, who heads adult Zika control efforts in this limit county.


Rocio Morado, 24, gave birth to in Apr to Hugo, who was innate with microcephaly.

Guajardo says she doesn’t consider a open understands good adequate what Zika is, how it is widespread and how to strengthen themselves.

So Cameron County is augmenting a efforts during butterfly control and open education, and pity what it’s schooled with others opposite Texas.

“We had a foot stay in April,” Guajardo says. “And we authorised all a health departments to come in to learn from a mistakes.”

Other health departments are gearing up, she says, since “they’re frightened of it attack their area.” 

Since Jan 2016, a CDC has reported in a states and Washington D.C. there were 5,223 symptomatic Zika cases. Only about 20 percent of infections means symptoms, and 1,845 of those infections were in women who are pregnant

So far, usually South Florida and Brownsville, Texas, have reported Zika infection in internal mosquitoes. But Texas Health Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt is endangered travelers with Zika in their bloodstream could widespread a pathogen to uninfected mosquitoes in other states.

“They could go to anywhere that have a intensity to bay a Aedes aegypti mosquito,” Hellerstedt said. 

In Texas, Hellerstedt says they’re “absolutely on high alert.” 

The doubt now: Will a pathogen start to widespread in exposed areas like a Gulf Coast, and if so, how fast will we detect it?

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