Texas Reports First Case Of Zika Virus By Local Mosquitoes
A woman living in Cameron County near the Mexico border, who is not pregnant, is the first case in the state of Texas who has been hit with Zika which is spread by local mosquitoes. She has not travelled to Mexico or anywhere. Health officials said that before this, all 257 Zika cases in Texas have been contracted while travelling. This makes Texas the second US state to report local transmission of the virus.
Health Officials Were Already Expecting This
Zika virus started spreading through the United States rapidly last year. Florida is the first state to have reported local cases of the virus. Dr John Hellerstedt, health department commissioner, said: "We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas. 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."
There Is No Vaccine Nor Treatment For Zika
Officials of the Cameron County and the City of Brownsville have already assessed the woman's home and began trapping and testing mosquitoes to understand how widespread the virus is. They also recently sprayed for mosquitoes in the area.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas R. Frieden said: "Even though it is late in the mosquito season, mosquitoes can spread Zika in some areas of the country. Texas is doing the right thing by increasing local surveillance and trapping and testing mosquitoes in the Brownsville area."
There is currently no treatment or vaccine available for Zika treatment. Symptoms include mild fever, rash and red eyes. The virus poses a great risk to pregnant women because it can cause severe, life-threatening birth defects, including microcephaly - a condition where a child is born with an abnormally small head.
US Marines Robot Soldiers And 'Hypersubs' Storm Beaches During War Demo
The US Marines prepare for a more futuristic warfare as they have been secretly testing robot soldiers and hypersubs for the past few weeks. These new machines were evaluated on how they perform in realistic scenarios.
Tesla Inches Closer To Catching Up With General Motors As Best US Car Maker
After surpassing Ford's market value on Monday, Tesla now inches closer to GM's top spot as most valuable US car company. The popular and fast rising company still continues to rise as profits are projected to rise some more despite some criticism over its value.
Zika Virus Could Have Harmful Heart Effects
The ZXika virus has many negative effects on people afflicted by it. The Zika virus could have harmful heart effects as well.
Resurrecting Dead People Using Stem Cells Given The Green Light
A biotech company will attempt to resurrect dead people using stem cells starting this year. The Lazarus project was given the green light to reanimate dead brain cells using a groundbreaking procedure..
Zika Virus In Tourists Is More Severe, Scientists Say
Researchers say that Zika virus could affect tourists more severely with its complications that previously thought. The study looked at Canadian trvelers and they found that some of them suffered more serious symptoms than anticipted.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Essential Phone Gets FCC Approval; Launch Date Imminent?
Andy Rubin's new Essential Phone was found passing through the FCC which is an important step in the process of being able to sell a tech product in the United States.
'Tokyo Ghoul' Season 3 Delayed By Its Live-Action Movie? Ken Kenaki Returns With Another Identity?
"Tokyo Ghoul" season 3's release is delayed and there are countless speculations as to why it is being pushed back. Reports claim that the show is to give way to "One Punch Man" and "My Hero Acdemia" but new rumors say that it's lack of materials and storyline as well as its live-action movie are causing the delay.
Ubisoft's Skull And Bones To Arrive With Narrative Campaign
Ubisoft just recently confirmed that Skulls and Bones will offer a narrative campaign. Check out the complete details here.