Second travel-related case of Zika in reported in El Paso

El Paso News

The second travel-related case of Zika virus has been reported in the Borderland.

According to the City of El Paso Health Department, a non-pregant woman tested positive for the virus after traveling to Puerto Rico. This is the second reported case of travel-related Zika after a man tested positive following travel to the Miami area.

Puerto Rico has been identified as a Zika affected area where active mosquito transmission of Zika is currently taking place.

“This individual spent a week in this affected area and started showing symptoms shortly after returning to El Paso on August 17th,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “This person has since self-isolated, but this latest case is another reminder to the community to protect themselves, especially when traveling to highly affected areas.”

Earlier this week the DPH announced a third case of West Nile virus in the area and in order to prevent the spread of several types of mosquito-borne diseases, personal protection is essential. In regards to Zika, the DPH is encouraging anyone who may be traveling to Zika-affected regions including certain areas of Florida, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, and U.S. territories to take strict precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes.

NewsChannel 9 will have additional information this evening during our 5 p.m. newscast.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KTSM Video Center

Juneteenth in El Paso

Families unable to cross the border embrace across the Rio Grande during Hugs Not Walls event

KTSM 9 News

Fort Bliss soldier found guilty, sentenced in court-martial

Man falls 25 feet at Hueco Tanks

Tickets on sale for Viva! El Paso

More El Paso News
Advertise with KTSM 9 Link