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Texas Adds Three Counties to Enhanced Zika Testing Recommendations

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a health alert recommending routine Zika virus testing for pregnant women who live in Kinney, Maverick and Val Verde counties. DSHS also advises testing anyone in those counties with an itchy rash plus one other common Zika symptom: fever, joint pain or eye redness. The new counties join…

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Zika Virus Infections Down This Summer

The following appeared in USA Today on July 12. ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Zika, the virus that sparked widespread concern last year? It’s on the wane, at least for now. The number of people infected with Zika is down substantially this year in the United States, reflecting a precipitous drop in mosquito-borne virus infections in Puerto Rico and…

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Sign up for Zika Updates and Resources

The Department of State Health Services has created a new listserv to share information and resources about Zika virus. Subscribers will receive email notifications about national and state resources as well as important updates and alerts. To subscribe, click here or visit the Health Care Provider page of and click “Sign up for e-mail updates” in…

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HHS Calls on Center for Innovation to Accelerate Zika Vaccine Development

To accelerate development of a Zika vaccine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will begin developing a vaccine using its Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) in Baltimore, Maryland. With funding and direction from ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development…

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DSHS Zika Communications Toolkit and Materials Available

The Texas Department of State of Health Services has developed a Zika Communications Toolkit for organizations and healthcare providers interested in sharing important information with their clients and stakeholders. The Toolkit includes a variety of both English and Spanish newsletter copy as well as social media copy and graphics for all Texans, pregnant women, travelers and people…

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