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Advice for people living in or traveling to Brownsville, Texas

On December 14, 2016, CDC issued guidance related to Zika for people living in or traveling to Brownsville, Cameron County, TX. On November 28, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported the state’s first case of local mosquito-borne Zika virus infection in Brownsville. Additional cases of mosquito-borne Zika have been identified in the area, suggesting that there is a risk of continued spread of Zika virus in Brownsville.

CDC designates areas for Zika virus transmission prevention in the continental United States and Hawaii as red or yellow. Brownsville, TX, is currently designated as a Zika cautionary (yellow) area. See CDC’s travel, testing, and pregnancy planning guidance for areas with reported mosquito-borne spread of Zika virus

Travel

  • Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Brownsville, TX.

Prevention

Testing and Diagnosis

  • Pregnant women who live in, traveled to, or had sex without a condom with someone who lives in or traveled to Brownsville on or after October 29, 2016, should be tested for Zika virus.

Pregnancy Planning

  • People living in Brownsville should talk to their healthcare provider about the possible risk for Zika infection and about their pregnancy plans.
  • Given the limited data available about the persistence at the time of conception, some couples with a partner with possible Zika virus exposure may choose to wait longer or shorter than the recommended period to try to get pregnant. For more information, see CDC’s travel, testing, and pregnancy planning guidance for areas with reported mosquito-borne spread of Zika virus.

Zika cautionary area in Brownsville, TX

	Map of Brownsville, Texas where a locally-transmitted case of Zika was reported

Brownsville, TX. Yellow shows areas where pregnant women should consider postponing travel.

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