Important information regarding the Zika virus has been sent home with your child. We have included the information below for your convenience. For more information, please contact the Department of Health Services at 1-888-963-7111
What is Zika?
The Zika virus is spread through the bite of certain types of mosquitoes. While it can cause fever, rash, joint pain and red or pink eyes, about 80 percent of people with Zika do not become ill or have symptoms. Zika also can be spread through blood transfusions and sexual contact.
Should I Worry?
Most of Texas has a long mosquito season and many people travel to places where Zika is active. This means you have a
greater chance of coming into contact with the Zika virus and potentially spreading it to your loved ones and other Texans.
Although rare, the Zika virus may also be among the causes of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition in which your immune system attacks part of your nervous system.
The Zika virus also can be spread from mother to child, if the mother is infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy. The Zika virus has been linked to birth defects such as microcephaly, a condition where a baby's head is much smaller than expected and can cause developmental delays.
For more information, please contact the Department of Health Services at 1-888-963-7111.