A woman in Brownsville, Texas, has a confirmed case of Zika even though she didn t travel to any Zika-stricken areas or have any other risk factors, Texas health authorities announced Monday.
Her case is likely the first known instance of Zika transmission by local mosquitoes in the state.
But, if true, that transmission is entirely unsurprising, officials there said.
In a press statement, John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said:
We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas.
We still don t believe the virus will become widespread in Texas, but there could be more cases, so people need to protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially in parts of the state that stay relatively warm in the fall and winter.