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NASSAU BAY— (March 22, 2017) — Houston Methodist St. John Hospital is set to embark on the next stage in the redevelopment of Nassau Bay Shopping Village, located adjacent to the hospital campus in the 18000 block of Upper Bay Road.

The hospital, which purchased the 8-acre property in late 2015, has already invested in mold remediation and installation of air conditioning in the second-floor office/storage space portion of the center. In April, the hospital will repave the parking lot and add improved parking lot lighting, and begin demolition of the unused portion of the center to make way for new parking capacity for hospital staff.

mosquitos croppedPhysicians at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital encourage Bay Area residents – especially those who are expecting or who plan to become pregnant soon – to take common-sense precautions against the Zika virus.

“Zika can have serious consequences for unborn babies, but the good news is that it can easily be prevented with a few simple safeguards,” says Sri Gottimukkala, M.D., of Houston Methodist Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates at St. John. “For women in their child-bearing years, the best approach is to be cautious and make certain that you and your partner are protected.”

The Zika virus is found primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is spread directly by the bite of the Aedes species of mosquito as well as through contact with the semen of an infected man.

When contracted by pregnant women, Zika can cause the neurological defect known as microcephaly, or incomplete brain development, in their newborn babies. It is less serious in non-pregnant adults and children, causing fever, joint/muscle pain and conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye.”

As of early July, there has not been a reported case of locally contracted Zika in Texas. The small number of individuals here who developed the disease did so after traveling to a virus hot spot.