10 pregnant women in Dallas County test positive for Zika, health director says

10 pregnant women in Dallas County test positive for Zika, health director says
The Zika-carrying mosquito Aedes aegypti, no longer on a solo mission in the Western hemisphere. (Image via News Independent)

Ten pregnant women in Dallas County have tested positive for the Zika virus, the county’s health director said Tuesday.

The women had all traveled to other countries and contracted the virus from mosquitoes abroad, Zachary Thompson told the Dallas County Commissioners Court. No one has contracted Zika from bites in the U.S., but officials are concerned that mosquitoes here will bite an infected patient and then start a local outbreak.

“We don’t want a localized case,” Thompson said. “It’s not if we’re going to have one but when we’re going to have one. And what impact that’s going to have on our residents, especially the fear among pregnant women.”

The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to severe birth defects and other serious health complications. Nine people in Dallas County who weren’t pregnant have been confirmed to have Zika. Their viruses have since cleared up, Thompson said.

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