First Texas case of locally transmitted Zika reported


State officials announced Monday the first case of the Zika virus that was likely transmitted by a mosquito in Texas.

Lab tests last week confirmed a woman from Cameron County in the Rio Grande Valley was infected with Zika. State officials said that the woman, who is not pregnant, had not traveled to Mexico nor any other countries where the Zika virus has been spreading.

The Zika virus causes minimal symptoms but is potentially dangerous to developing fetuses. The virus can cause microcephaly, a birth defect characterized by stunted brain development.

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