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Zika Virus in Texas

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Texas Hospital Opening First Zika Clinic for Pregnant Women

The top-rated Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women in Houston will open a Zika clinic for pregnant women at risk for contracting the virus. Hospital officials say the clinic is the first of its kind in the Lone Star State.

Zika infections have been reported in dozens of countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America

First Baby Born in Texas with Zika-Linked Microcephaly

Texas public health officials confirmed the birth of a baby boy in Harris County with Zika-linked microcephaly, the congenital birth defect where a newborn’s head and brain are only partially developed. This marks the first live birth of a baby with Zika-related microcephaly in the Lone Star State.

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10 Pregnant Women Test Positive for Zika Virus in Dallas

Ten pregnant women tested positive with preliminary testing for Zika in Dallas County. The good news is they all contracted the virus outside of the United States. Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) Director Zachary Thompson announced 10 pregnant women traveled to Zika hot spots and got infected with the virus. Thompson spoke to the Dallas County Commissioners Court, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.

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Texas Confirms More Zika Virus, Number of Cases Climbs to 13

Texas health officials confirmed three new cases of the Zika virus Wednesday, one in Dallas County and two in Bexar County, bringing the total number of people in the Lone Star State infected up to 13. More test results are still pending from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Texas Lab May Begin Local Zika Virus Testing by Next Week

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) Director Zachary Thompson expects local lab to begin Zika virus testing as quickly as next week in an effort to stay ahead of any potential outbreaks in North Texas.

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Dallas Task Force Takes on Zika Virus

Dallas County officials plan to take on the Zika virus with a task force, created in response to this week’s announcement of two confirmed cases of the illness in the Big D. Twenty-six officials from cities within the county attended the group’s first meeting on Feb. 3.