DALLAS -- Is Z the new E? More than a year after battling the Ebola virus, Dallas County is now dealing with another health scare -- two confirmed cases of the Zika virus.
One patient became infected in North Texas after having sex with a sick person who recently returned from Venezuela. Their identities have not been released, and there's no word on where they're being treated.
And to be clear -- there are NO confirmed cases of the Zika virus being spread through mosquitos in our area.
A couple of years ago, none of us had even heard of Zika. Now it's Public Enemy No. 1 with the World Health Organization calling it a "health emergency of international concern."
It's spreading explosively with as many as 4 million infections possible in the next year in the Americas alone. For most of us, it's not a big deal. But for pregnant women, it's a REALLY BIG DEAL. Zika appears to be connected with a spike in babies born with abnormally small heads.
Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.
Did we mention there's no vaccine?
To read more on the Zika virus in our area, click here.