WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, two Zika virus disease cases have been confirmed in Williamson County.
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever, rashes and muscle and joint aches. The virus has also been linked to a birth defect called microcrephaly in babies of mothers who were infected with the virus while they were pregnant, officials said.
According to DSHS, the Williamson County Zika cases are associated with traveling.
Since the virus spreads from place-to-place with traveling, DSHS said taking travel precautions are encouraged for individuals traveling to countries and regions where the Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
These areas include Latin America, the Caribbean and some Pacific islands, according to DSHS.
Here are a few steps you can follow to protect yourself from mosquito bites and the Zika virus courtesy of DSHS:
- Apply EPA-registered insect repellents.
- Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts that cover exposed skin.
- Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
- Remove standing water in and around your home.
- Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.
For more information about the Zika virus, click here.