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First US case of Zika virus infection is identified in Texas

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 13 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i212
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A traveler who had recently returned from Latin America to Texas has had Zika virus infection diagnosed, the first case to be recorded in the United States, local health officials report. The case was identified in Harris County, Texas, which includes the city of Houston.

Umair A Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, warned travelers that Zika virus can now be found in much of the world. “We encourage individuals traveling to areas where the virus has been identified …

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