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Health Alert


April 12, 2017
The Texas Department of State Health Servies has issued an alert for outbreaks of mumps throughout the state, including one that includes possible exposures on South Padre Island.  Mumps is caused by a virus and is highly contagious and spread from person to person by respiratory droplets or saliva.  The incubation period is 16-18 days (range of 12-25 days) from exposure to onset of symptoms.  Person are contagious from 3 days before to 5 days after the onset of symptoms.

If you experience any of the following symptoms seek a health provider immediately:  one or both sides of the neck swelling that was preceded by a low-gade fever, muscle aches, malaise or headache.

People suspected of having mumps should stay home from work, school, daycare, and any public outings (e.g., church, grocery store) until five days have pased since syptoms began. 

Zika Virus 

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  • Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.  It causes mild fever and rash.  Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis.
  • Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days.
  • There is no cure for Zika virus disease.  Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.   Incubation period is typically between 2 and 7 days.
  • Prevention and control relies on reducing the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes and minimizing contact between the mosquito vectors and people by using barriers (such as repellents, insect screens), reducing their habitat.
  • Zika virus can harm the unborn baby of pregnant women.  If you are of childbearing age take precautions against the disease if you must travel to Zika areas.  It is advised to not travel to those areas where the virus is known to inhabit.