A South Texas woman has been diagnosed with the state’s first locally transmitted case of the Zika virus, health officials said Monday.
She likely received the virus from a mosquito, according to a press release from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The woman, a resident of Cameron County in the Rio Grande Valley, isn’t pregnant and hasn’t recently traveled to Mexico or any other country at risk of the virus, the press release said.
“We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. “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.”