400 More Mosquito Traps to Check for Zika in Hidalgo County

Posted: Jul 14, 2017 06:43 PM Updated: Jul 14, 2017 06:43 PM

EDINBURG – Officials with the Texas Department of Health Services said warmer temperatures mean mosquitoes get more active, and that increases the threat of the Zika virus.

The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service started setting up mosquito traps around Hidalgo County last August. Since then, not a single mosquito has tested positive for Zika.

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Dr. Ismael Badillo, lead researcher at Texas A&M AgriLife Research, told CHANNEL 5 NEWS more than 100 traps are set up in four communities, and researchers are waiting for an additional 400 traps. Once those arrive, four more communities will have mosquito traps.

As of Tuesday, state health officials report a total of 16 cases of Zika in Texas in 2017. Four of those are in Cameron County. The Centers for Disease Control designated Brownsville as a Zika cautionary area in December. That means pregnant women should consider postponing travel there to due to local mosquito-borne transmission, which happened last year.

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The state is also advising all pregnant women in the Rio Grande Valley to get tested for Zika. Zika symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Red eyes
  • Muscle pain

People who contracted Zika usually have mild symptoms lasting for several days to a week. Most people don't get sick enough to go to the hospital. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected.

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