Despite lull in activity, area health officials say they will stay vigilant for Zika virus

From The Monitor
May 17, 2019

McALLEN — Health officials in the Rio Grande Valley and Tamaulipas on Thursday warned about the ongoing dangers of the Zika virus, which is still a serious threat in South Texas after setting off a global health crisis in 2015.

After 18 Zika virus cases in Hidalgo County in 2017 and eight in 2018, county investigators have identified only one Zika virus infection in 2019.

“You have to stay ready,” said Eddie Olivares, chief administrative officer for Hidalgo County Health and Human Services.

To help health officials stay ready this week was the annual State of Texas Active Response to Zika conference held at the McAllen Convention Center, with attendees in town from Texas and Northern Mexico. The conference is appropriately set in Hidalgo County, one of nine Texas counties identified to be at a higher risk of spreading Zika due to the warm climate and favorable landscape for year-round mosquito activity, officials said.

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