Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Zika virus case believed to be found in Texas

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Aedes aegypti mosquitoHealth officials in South Texas believe they have identified their first locally transmitted case of Zika virus in a woman living in Brownsville.

A locally transmitted case means that the person who got the Zika virus did not get it by traveling to a place where it is commonly found nor did the person have sex with someone who has the virus. She also did not get it through a blood transfusion or in a lab setting. In other words, it was most likely spread by an infected mosquito.

Texas health officials have set up surveillance sites in the Brownsville area where the infected woman lives, to test mosquitoes for possible infection. They are also trying to find out if anyone else in the area has been infected with the virus.

CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. said “Even though it is late in the mosquito season, mosquitoes can spread Zika in some areas of the country. Texas is doing the right thing by increasing local surveillance and trapping and testing mosquitoes in the Brownsville area.”

The CDC’s press release states: “As of Nov 23, 2016, 4,444 cases of Zika have been reported to CDC in the continental United States and Hawaii; 182 of these were the result of local spread by mosquitoes. These cases include 36 believed to be the result of sexual transmission and one that was the result of a laboratory exposure. This number does not include the current case under investigation in Texas.”

Now that the cold weather has arrived, you may think that the Zika virus is a thing of the past. But, this announcement of a likely locally transmitted case of Zika should be a reminder that Zika is still here, and it is still a threat.

If a woman gets infected with Zika during pregnancy, she can pass it to her baby. It can cause a birth defect called microcephaly, congenital Zika syndrome, and other developmental problems.

Read why Zika is harmful to pregnant women and babies, and what you need to know to keep you and your family safe.

Have questions? Send them to AskUs@marchofdimes.org.

 

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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I rarely watch TV, OK, I never watch TV, but this Sunday Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is going to be featuring an incredible story and the family is one of our own: The Augustins from Keller, Texas.   In 2004, Amber and Peter had two healthy children and a new baby on the way. Then, the baby  arrived, too soon and too small. But Lane was a fighter, and after four weeks in the NICU, he came home.

During Amber’s vigil in the NICU, she noticed how few families were taking pictures.  She knew how important it is to have these lasting memories.   Being a talented photographer, Amber started her own photo studio from her home: “Tiny Works of Heart.” In the NICU, she captures the first, and sometimes last moments of the tiniest babies.  Then disaster struck;  a flood destroyed the family’s home and Amber’s studio, limiting her ability to help….

Soooo,  yep, you guessed it.  Ty and the crew go to Keller, just outside of Ft. Worth, to tear down Amber and Peter’s flood damaged house and build them a brand new dream home!  You have to see this show!  ABC, March 1, 8-9 PM ET.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you thought.

If you’re in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, come to the special March for Babies viewing party at The Met Church. They’re expecting more than 1,500 March for Babies fans!  The Augustin family team, Lane’s Light, is walking in March for Babies for the 5th time this year!