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Bexar County now has three confirmed cases of the Zika virus.
As the Zika virus continues to ravage, Central and South America, more cases of the illness have trickled into Bexar County.
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reported on Friday, February 19 that there have been three confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Bexar County, with an additional six cases pending investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One individual has tested negative for the virus. The CDC will not release any information regarding the gender or pregnancy status of any of these individuals in accordance with their guidelines on privacy protection.
Although all of the Zika virus cases in Bexar County have been contracted whilst traveling abroad, it is still recommended that all Bexar County residents take preventative measures in protecting themselves against the virus.
The CDC and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District advise all individuals to avoid traveling to Zika-afflicted areas if at all possible. If traveling to any one of these areas is utterly unavoidable, the agencies urge residents to take extra preventative measures to protect themselves against mosquito bites, including wearing long sleeves and long pants, using air conditioning, wearing mosquito repellant and emptying standing water.
The CDC also suggests that couples who might have lived in or traveled to Zika-afflicted areas abstain from sex until it is determined that he/she is negative for the virus. Again, if this preventative measure is unavoidable, it is recommended that partners use condoms in order to prevent against pregnancy or infection.
If you or someone you know might have contracted the Zika virus, or if you are experiencing fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis (red eyes), please visit your healthcare provider. For more information on the Zika virus, click on the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District's Zika Virus Facts Sheet
, or the Zika virus page
from the CDC's website.