Texas announces its first locally transmitted Zika case

Aedes aegypti mosquito
FILE - This 2006 file photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host. The The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, announced new guidance for doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to regions with a tropical illness linked to birth defects. Officials say doctors should ask pregnant women about their travel and certain symptoms, and, if warranted, test them for an infection with the Zika virus. The virus is spread through mosquito bites. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP, File)

DALLAS (AP) — Texas health officials are reporting the first case of the Zika virus that was likely transmitted within the state.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said Monday the woman is a resident of Brownsville, located on the border the state shares with Mexico. But health officials say she reports no recent travel to Mexico or anywhere else with ongoing Zika transmission. The first cases of Zika transmission through mosquito bites on the U.S. mainland were reported over the summer in Miami.

The case was confirmed last week by a lab test. Officials say testing indicates the virus can no longer be spread from her by mosquitoes.

The woman is not pregnant. Infection during pregnancy can cause devastating birth defects.

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