• Infectious Diseases

    • Measles Outbreak Adds 33 Cases to Reach 154

      In response to the growing 2015 measles outbreak, which at press time stood at 154 U.S. cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has beefed up its website to include resources to help physicians in their practice.
  • More on Infectious Diseases

    • ACIP Recommends 9-Valent HPV Vaccine; New App Available
      In February, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended nonavalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as one of three HPV vaccines that can be used for routine vaccination in men and women. ACIP recommends routine HPV vaccination begin at age 11 or 12. The vaccination series can be started as early as age 9.
    • DSHS, CDC Issue Listeria Testing, Medical Guidance
      The recent Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream prompted the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to issue a health advisory that recommends testing patients who have fever and other symptoms consistent with listeriosis, are at increased risk of invasive listeriosis, and may have been exposed to Listeria through a potentially contaminated product.
    • Dr. Van Ramshorst: CMV Education and Outreach Important for Women
      Physicians are concerned about language in SB791, which establishes a requirement for the birthing center to provide testing for CMV and refer an infant who fails their first newborn hearing screening. Physicians are already testing for CMV when there is a clinical indication or suspicion for disease. There are other indications for testing outside of a failed newborn hearing screening. The state should not dictate or outline standards of care in this instance.
    • Improve Texas' Emergency Response
      We must not only maintain but also further build our state’s preparedness and response system to work with medicine and the public to address emerging and re-emerging diseases like measles. Working with medicine and with many of the provisions in CSSB538, we believe Texas will be better prepared to manage the infectious disease threats present in our environment.
  • Ebola

    • Battling a Destructive Virus
      Infectious disease experts and epidemiologists urge physicians to educate their patients about Ebola and to know the signs that may indicate a patient has the virus.
    • Free Ebola CME from UTHSCSA
      The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is offering an online course titled Ebola Virus Disease: What Should You Know? Update and Demonstration of Donning and Doffing of Personal Protective Equipment. Physicians can earn free 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ upon completion of the course.
    • State Gives “All Clear” on Dallas Ebola Cases
      The last person — a hospital worker who handled medical waste on Oct. 17 — being monitored in connection with the state's three diagnosed Ebola patients was cleared from twice-daily monitoring on Nov. 7, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The hospital worker had reached the 21-day mark, the longest incubation period for the disease.
    • Tele-Town Hall Discussion About Ebola
      Question and answers from the Oct. 20 tele-town hall meeting on Ebola?
    • Texas Doctors and Nurses Jointly Prep for Ebola
      Thousands of Texas physicians and nurses this evening took part in a joint education program to learn as much as they can about the Ebola virus.
  • 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

    • Combating Measles Resource Center
      The December 2014 "Disneyland" nationwide measles outbreak and the 2013 outbreak in North Texas -- all primarily among unimmunized persons -- bring new attention to a disease once thought to be eliminated in the United States. TMA has collected this information to help you and your patients combat this deadly disease.
    • 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.