6 pregnant women test positive for Zika virus in Houston area

Six pregnant women from Harris County who delivered their babies have tested positive for Zika, Legacy Community Health confirmed.

All of the women contracted the virus while traveling outside of the country, according to KTRK-TV.

The women were screened for the virus months ago and given preliminary diagnosis. The Center for Disease Control confirmed last month that all were tested positive.

One person in Brazos County has tested positive for Zika this year, according to the website TexasZika.org. According to Brazos County Health Department officials the patient was a woman, not pregnant, and had traveled to an area outside of Texas.

Other Texas counties that have reported Zika cases this year include:
Bexar - 1
Brazoria - 1
Cameron - 4
Collin - 1
Dallas - 1
Denton - 1
Lubbock - 1
Smith - 2

Zika virus is primarily spread to people through mosquito bites. The virus can be spread from mother to child. Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact has also been reported.

Most people infected with the virus have mild or no symptoms. For those who do develop symptoms, illness is generally mild and typically lasts a few days to a week. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon and fatalities are rare. An increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome was noted during an outbreak of Zika virus in French Polynesia in 2014. An increase in microcephaly was noted during an outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil in 2015.