• Infectious Diseases

    • TMA Ebola Virus Resource Center

      The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Dallas County Health and Human Services have issued numerous bulletins, guidelines, and other materials to help physicians and health care workers respond to the Ebola outbreak. We organize them below for your ease of use.
  • Ebola

    • What if Someone Walks Into My Office With Ebola?
      How do I protect my patients and staff if someone presents with symptoms of Ebola and similar infections?
    • TMA Ebola Virus Resource Center
      Ebola virus information for physicians and health care workers
    • Feds Enact Tougher Standards as Nurses Contract Ebola
      Last week, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first known person to develop Ebola in the United States, died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
    • What Physicians Need to Know About Ebola in Dallas
      On Oct. 8, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first known person to develop Ebola in the United States, died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Following the Sept. 30 announcement of his Ebola diagnosis, national, state, and local public health officials identified and began twice-a-day monitoring of 10 definite contacts and 38 possible contacts. So far, there have been no reports that any of those people have shown signs of the illness.
    • Additional Ebola Virus Guidance
      Recent cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) underscore the potential for travel-associated spread of the disease and the risks of EVD to health care workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which issued a health advisory July 28.
  • Key Issues

    • Antibiotic Resistance
      Use of antimicrobials over the past 50 years has led microbes to evolve and become resistant to many commonly used antimicrobial drugs. Antimicrobial resistance raises the potential for spreading infectious diseases, making this a significant public health concern.
    • Food Safety
      The CDC estimates that one out of six Americans gets sick from a food-borne illness every year. Most cases go unreported, either because the victim doesn't see a doctor or there is no specific diagnosis. Food-borne infections, however, can cause serious illness and death.
  • TMA Communications and Advocacy

    • Be on the Lookout for Cyclospora
      The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) encourages health care professionals to test for Cyclospora in patients who have diarrheal illness lasting more than a few days or diarrhea accompanied by severe anorexia or fatigue.
    • Action Special: Texas Investigating Potential Measles Exposures
      A health alert issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) advises physicians to consider measles in their diagnoses. The department published the alert following notification by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that more than 30 Texans may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease at a Wichita, Kan., softball event during the Fourth of July weekend.
    • Texas Colledge Students' First Mandatory Test: Get Meningitis Vaccine
      College students especially are vulnerable to the disease because new students are coming together from different places and share close living quarters. The only other patient group at a higher risk of contracting meningococcal disease is preschool children, doctors note.
       
    • Broader Raw Milk Sales a Sour Idea, Physicians Say
      Is raw milk bad milk? Drinking raw, unpasteurized milk can make you sick, or even kill you, physicians say.
       
    • 2013 TMA Physician Letters and Testimonies
      Read recent letters and testimonies presented by TMA physician leaders at the state capitol.