Four reported cases of Zika Virus in Bell County

Posted at 6:52 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:30:23-04

Bell County now has four out of the 122 reported cases of the Zika virus disease in Texas.  

According to Bell County Health District Spokesman Gene Mikeska, all of the cases are traveled-related, which means those infected contracted the virus when they went to countries outside of the U.S. where the Zika virus was present and prevalent. Health officials announced the first case of Zika virus in Bell County on July 13th.

None of the women infected with Zika virus in Bell County were pregnant.

In Texas, three pregnant women have been infected and two infants in Harris County were infected before birth. One case in the Dallas area was sexually transmitted.

Mikeska said he expects to see additional Zika cases from people traveling abroad or go to Miami.

At this time, mosquito surveillance continues in Bell County for Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses, including Dengue, and West Nile Virus.

Mikeska said the mosquito season will start to come to an end early to mid-October due to colder weather.

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