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Is the Zika virus in Texas?

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The recent rains have been great for the Edwards Aquifer, but we all know they’re also good for mosquitoes. Even though the Centers for Disease Control reported much lower incidences of Zika in 2018, people should still take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites. What is Zika? The Zika virus is part of the same family as the viruses that cause yellow fever, West Nile, chikungunya and dengue. It is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. Zika can also be transmitted sexually. It can pose a danger to pregnant women because the virus can be transmitted to the fetus. Is …Read More >

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Advice on Zika protection for moms-to-be

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News  /  Pregnancy

The well-publicized risks of Zika infection in pregnancy have been scary. Even scarier is the speed at which the infection has spread across geographic borders, and the fact that the mosquitoes doing the spreading — Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus — are found in in South Texas. For pregnant women worried about which insect repellent will protect them safely, Dr. Patrick Ramsey, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at UT Medicine San Antonio who practices at University Health System, offers some advice: Stay indoors, get rid of standing water on your property and cover up by wearing light-colored, long-sleeve shirts and long …Read More >

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Staying safe when mosquitoes are biting

Categories: Infections  /  News

While concerns about the Zika virus have been in the headlines of late, Texas health officials reported the state’s first West Nile case of the year late last week, signaling the fact that disease-causing mosquitoes are out there — and a bit earlier than usual. “A couple of factors put us at higher risk,” said Dr. Jason Bowling, staff epidemiologist at University Health System and an infectious disease specialist with UT Medicine. “One is the milder winter. A typical winter kills off most of the existing mosquito population from the prior year, but when it’s milder some of them can …Read More >

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As Zika virus spreads, so do concerns

Categories: Infections  /  News  /  Pregnancy

While doctors have been aware of the Zika virus since the 1940s, for many years it was considered a mild infection. The recent link that has emerged in Brazil between the disease and an increase in a birth defect called microcephaly has people – particularly expectant mothers – worried about its spread. “There’s no major panic at this point,” said Dr. Patrick Ramsey, a maternal/fetal medicine specialist and clinical professor at the UT Health Science Center. “We’re dealing with a lot of unknowns. In the coming months we will learn a lot more about the virus and the real risks.” …Read More >

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