People living along the Gulf Coast are cautious and concerned when it comes to mosquitoes and the Zika virus. Texas is now reporting a death when it comes to Zika. The first death for the state involves a baby born with birth defects, possibly microcephaly. Harrison County, Texas leaders say the baby’s mother took a trip to Latin America while she was pregnant and became infected with the virus. Texas has seen 99 cases of the Zika virus as of this week. All cases are associated with people traveling to infected areas outside of the United States.
The Texas baby’s death is the second fatality in the continental U.S. linked to Zika. The first involved an older man in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died in June. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1,800 people in the U.S. have contracted the Zika virus. Most are linked to people traveling to Zika infected areas outside of the United States. One person in Florida is believed to have contracted the mosquito-borne virus locally in the state.
Here is the breakdown of Zika cases by Gulf Coast states:
- Alabama – 11
- Florida – 322
- Louisiana – 9
- Mississippi – 14
You can see other states listed by the CDC by click here.