Zika Virus

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

***Updated at 4:00 p.m.

The first documented locally-acquired case of Zika in the continental U.S this year has been detected in Hidalgo County, at the southern tip of Texas. There's no indication this is the start of a large scale outbreak.

Think Health Science: Summertime Health Hazards

Jun 15, 2017
Nathan Cone / TPR

With summer comes plans for lazy days, vacations at home or abroad, and spending time in the great outdoors. But summer livin’ is also fraught with unique health hazards ranging from mosquito-borne illnesses to sun exposure to contaminated food to all manner of physical injuries due to increased outdoor activities. A single sunburn can increase the risks of developing skin cancer, and five or more sunburns in your life can double the risk of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information on how Sanofi Pasteur was chosen as the company to license the Zika vaccine.

The U.S. Army is planning to grant an exclusive license to the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. to manufacture and sell a Zika vaccine the Army developed last year.

And that has Rebekah Gee, Louisiana's secretary of health, worried about paying for it.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Texas health officials say we’re better prepared this year than last to protect against the Zika virus and the mosquitos that spread it, but additional federal money would help. 

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