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Zika Cases Now Up To Six In San Antonio

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The San Antonio Metro Health District reports there are now six confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the area. The Metro Health District has been monitoring the number of Zika cases since the first case was found in February at about the same time the World Health Organization deemed the virus an international health emergency.

Now, the health district counts six total cases. All the patients so far have acquired the infection while traveling abroad.

 
Testing has shown 41 results negative for the virus, and there are at this time a total of 19 individuals under investigation for possible infection.
 
Metro Health is again asking for public involvement in preventing mosquitoes from flourishing by emptying standing water, and to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs through a once weekly regimen of scrubbing plant and other containers.
 
The county sprays for mosquitoes, but the city does not and asks the public to protect themselves by wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants, using insect repellent, and to avoid using perfumes or other fragrances while working outside.
 
Additionally, men who traveled to a Zika-affected area also should:abstain from sex or use condoms consistently for three months after their return.