With spring break beginning, that means more people will be making their way to the Rio Grande Valley, specifically South Padre Island.
The area’s warm and humid climate make it a good breeding ground for mosquitoes.
According to the Texas Health Department, the Valley is the only part of Texas to have locally acquired Zika cases.
Just last year, there was a total of three locally acquired Zika cases. One of those was in Laguna Heights, just miles away South Padre Island.
“There are diseases that are there and although cities are working hard to protect people with mosquitoes, it’s something that every person should work on their own to protect their families,” said Public Health Regional Medical Director Dr. Emilie Prot.
Prot says in some cases, Zika doesn’t show symptoms, which is why it’s important to be cautious.
“Even the Center for the Disease Control recommends that if you’ve been to an endemic area, that you abstain or use protection— using condoms — so that you can protect whoever you’re going to be partners with,” Prot said.
The Texas Health Department also recommends applying sunscreen before putting on mosquito repellent for maximum protection.