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Health officials: Zika virus locally transmitted in Texas

When Zika virus made headlines because of its link with the neurological disorder microcephaly, it became the latest in a growing list of mosquito-borne viruses for Americans to worry about.

When Zika virus made headlines because of its link with the neurological disorder microcephaly, it became the latest in a growing list of mosquito-borne viruses for Americans to worry about.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Officials confirm that a mosquito in Texas infected a woman with the Zika virus.

Officials say Texas has become the second state in the continental United States to confirm a locally transmitted case of Zika virus.

Health experts say the patient had not traveled to an area where the virus is circulating, but was likely infected in south Texas.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas,” Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner, told KXAS. “We still don’t believe the virus will become widespread in Texas, but there could be more cases, so people need to protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially in parts of the state that stay relatively warm in the fall and winter.”

The only other US state where the virus is circulating is Florida.