10 pregnant women test positive for Zika virus in Dallas

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DALLAS, Texas – Health officials in Texas say 10 pregnant women in Dallas County have tested positive for the Zika virus.

Officials say the tests are preliminary because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend waiting until the women give birth to officially confirm the diagnosis.

According to KXAS, authorities with the Dallas County Health and Human Services agency say the women contracted the virus while traveling internationally.

Health experts also stress that none of the infections were spread locally.

The Dallas Morning News reports that mosquitoes in Texas could become carriers if they bite a Zika-infected person.

All residents are urged to use the  3-D’s and a “P” of mosquito safety:

  • DRAIN standing water on your property so mosquitoes won’t breed
  • Use insect repellant that contains DEET on your clothes
  • DRESS in long sleeves and pants and spray repellant on your clothes.
  • Protect – limit exposure and check window screens.