AUSTIN (KXAN) —  The second case of Zika virus in Travis County has been confirmed. The woman in her 50s reportedly contracted the virus on her trip to Colombia, according to the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (A/TCHHSD).

This makes the second confirmed case in Travis County after another resident contracted the illness while traveling to Colombia. The A/TCHHSD says while those who contracted the virus did so abroad, all residents of Travis County need to be wary of the mosquitoes carrying Zika endemic to Central Texas.


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The virus is transferred from a mosquito bite. It poses the greatest risk to pregnant women, with many babies being born in infected areas with Guillain-Barre syndrome. The birth defect attacks the immune system causing babies to be born with small heads.Symptoms from the virus include: 

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Conjunctivitis