The Maverick County Commissioners Court had a presentation from representatives of the Texas Department of State Health Services on the Zika virus.
During the meeting the court received vital information from TDSHS representative Justin Henny. “We cover the region including Maverick county and are out presenting information on Zika Virus.”
Henny then gave a rundown of how the virus is spread and other information including the ill effects that individuals infected with the virus will feel. Henny also spoke about all the preventive measures that can be taken to eradicate the virus and eliminate the threat.
Henny added that women who are pregnant are the most vulnerable because if they are bitten and infected the virus may pass on to the fetus/baby causing certain birth defects. The Zika Virus is spread mostly by the bite of an infected species mosquito .Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission has been reported in the continental United States. Maverick County Judge David Saucedo thanked TDHS for the presentation and stated that the court looked forward to continue seeing informative presentations from state organizations as well as others.