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Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus Confirmed In Texas Patient

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CBS NEWS) - A Houston television station is reporting that officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed a case of Zika virus in a traveler from Texas who recently returned from Latin America.

According to a statement from Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, the patient developed symptoms often associated with Zika virus, including fever, rash, and joint pain.

The virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito.

The illness was first identified in the Americas less than two years ago and has spread rapidly across South and Central America. Since the first local case of Zika was detected in Brazil last May, health officials estimate between 440,000 and 1.3 million people there have caught it.

Several cases were detected in Mexico in November, and the first case in Puerto Rico was reported two weeks ago.

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