Zika in Texas

Texas University Researchers Lead Zika Border Project

Two University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) professors will lead Zika research along the Texas-Mexico border as part of a multi-institutional consortium to establish a Western Gulf Center for Excellence for Vector-borne Diseases. They hope to create an early warning system to curtail the spread of the virus.

The Associated Press

CDC Awards Texas $10M to Fight Zika

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded nearly $10 million to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston to study emerging and exotic pathogens such as Zika. This announcement came as Texas reported its sixth locally-transmitted case of the virus.

The Associated Press

Texas Governor Presses Obama to Release Federal Zika Funds

Texas Governor Greg Abbott pressed President Barack Obama to release the estimated $400 million in federal funds earmarked for Zika preparedness and response to “Zika-prone states.” Abbott highlighted the highly vulnerable Texas southern border where local government leaders fear “sufficient funding is not available for mosquito eradication.”

Miami-Zika-Inspector-AP

Texas on High Alert For Local Zika Transmission

Texas officials say they are on high alert, concerned that Zika transmission by local mosquitoes is imminent, largely in response to the outbreak in Florida. On Wednesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) urged all Texans to follow public health prevention guidelines, especially pregnant women whose unborn babies are most at risk when infected with Zika.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause birth defects and is now spreading in the US and Latin America