(FOXNEWS) — On Monday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Texas confirmed a case of Zika virus, an untreatable mosquito-borne illness. Health officials in Brazil confirmed in November that the virus, which is common in Latin America and South Asia, is causing some babies in the country to be born with abnormally small heads. Zika can be transmitted to babies in utero.
Fox 26 Houston reported that the Texas case in question is a woman who traveled to Latin America, but officials in the state aren’t concerned about local transmission of the virus and are actively tracking mosquitoes in the area.
"We’re monitoring," Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health, told the news station. "We’re always going out to the field, we’re trapping, we’re collecting, and we’re checking. We’re isolating the virus...so there shouldn’t be any alarm right now."
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