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Zika Advisory for Brownsville

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday that it has designated Brownsville a Zika cautionary area. 

On November 28, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported the state’s first case of local mosquito-borne Zika virus infection in Brownsville. Additional cases of mosquito-borne Zika have been identified in the area, suggesting that there is a risk of continued spread of Zika virus in Brownsville. 

Although the specific level of risk in cautionary areas is unknown, there is still a risk to pregnant women. Further guidance for pregnant women regarding travel, prevention, testing and diagnosis, and pregnancy planning can be found here.

The CDC also recommends that all Brownsville residents and visitors take the proper precautionary measures to prevent mosquito bites. Those prevention guidelines can be found here.

All university events and functions will continue to operate as usual, and the university strongly advises the campus community to adhere to CDC guidelines.