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The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has confirmed six travel-related cases of Zika virus disease, all among residents of Harris County, the state agency announced in a release on its website Tuesday, Feb. 2.

According to DSHS, the travelers were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home, but there has been no reported local transmission of the disease in the continental United States,

DSHS fish consumption advisory chart

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a fish consumption advisory for portions of the Neches River Basin, including Sam Rayburn Reservoir and B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir.



With five recent flu-related deaths in Beaumont, two of which had confirmed cases of the H1N1 strain, and around 15 deaths reported in a 16-county region of Southeastern Texas, both local and state health agency officials are urging Texans to get vaccinated immediately.