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Three More Texas Counties Added To Zika Health Alert

Wendy Rigby
Texas Public Radio
More Texas pregnant women will be screened for the Zika virus following a new health alert by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The state health department has issued a new health alert involving the Zika virus for three more South Texas Counties.

Kinney, Maverick and Val Verde counties along the border with Mexico have been added to 6 others where there’s now routing screening of pregnant women for Zika. Del Rio is the county seat of Val Verde.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus which can affect babies of infected mothers. It first appeared in Cameron County last year.

It showed up again this summer in Hidalgo County.

The advisory from the Texas Department of State Health Services says expectant mothers who live in these high-risk areas should be tested for Zika three times during their pregnancy.

Wendy Rigby is a San Antonio native who has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. She spent two decades at KENS-TV covering health and medical news. Now, she brings her considerable background, experience and passion to Texas Public Radio.