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Zika Virus Infection in Texas (USA) (Update)

10 Jan 2017

As of 3 January 2017 the Texas Department of State Health Services has reported a total of 294 cases of Zika virus infection (ZIKV). This count includes 20 pregnant women, 2 infants infected before birth, and 2 people that had sexual contact with travellers.

Please refer to the Health Protection Scotland ZIKV transmission table to determine the current risk category of any given country/territory/area:

Advice for Travellers

ZIKV is most commonly spread by mosquito bites, but there is also a risk of sexual transmission. There is a link between ZIKV infection and babies being born with birth defects.

  • All travellers should practice strict mosquito bite avoidance, at all times.
  • All travellers should have adequate travel insurance.
  • Always refer to current  advice on the ZIKV Infection page, which includes how to avoid sexual transmission of ZIKV.
  • Pregnant women should postpone non-essential travel to countries or areas with High riskLink of ZIKV transmission.
  • Pregnant women should consider postponing non-essential travel to countries or areas with Moderate riskLink of ZIKV transmission.
  • Travellers that develop any feverish illness whilst travelling or on return should seek medical attention quickly.
  • An individual risk assessment is advisable for pregnant women travelling to low risk areas.