AUSTIN - The Travis County Health Department confirmed a second case of the Zika Virus in the county Monday afternoon.
The new case is in a 50-year-old female who contracted the disease while traveling in Colombia. Both cases of Zika that have been found in Travis County were contracted while traveling in other countries.
However, the mosquito that carries Zika is endemic in Central Texas.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised all pregnant women to consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, primarily Central and South America.
Researchers are continuing to investigate the possible link between Zika and microcephaly, reported mainly in Brazil, and Guillain-Barre syndrome.
The general illness caused by Zika is typically gone within a week and carries common symptoms of: fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis.
Experts say measures like draining any collected water on your property, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, checking your window screens, and using EPA-registered repellents are all helpful at preventing the mosquitoes that carry the virus from coming around.
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