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3 new Zika virus cases confirmed in Hidalgo County

A vacuum tube holds a blood-fed strain of Aedes aegypti mosquito in place under a microscope in a research lab insectary in the Hanson Biomedical Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on May 17, 2016. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Hidalgo County announced three new Zika virus cases Thursday — including a locally acquired infection.

A McAllen resident apparently contracted the virus from a mosquito in Hidalgo County, according to a news release from the county. Two other people, one from Donna and the other from Elsa, may have contracted the virus in Mexico.

Hidalgo County didn't release any other information about the people who contracted the virus or specify when they contracted the virus.

“There have been nearly 14,000 evaluations performed by our local physicians, especially on expectant mothers and their partners,” said Eddie Olivarez, the chief administrative officer for Hidalgo County Health and Human Services, according to the news release. “Without them, we wouldn’t have known about the three most recent cases.”

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