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West Nile virus was rare in Dallas County in the past two years – only two cases were reported. But the summer of 2012, mosquitos carrying the virus unleashed havoc on the area, infecting 341 people and killing 17 by early October. The outbreak mobilized physicians and local officials in a public health response to wipe out the disease-carrying mosquito population.
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.
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.
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Infant Deaths Prompt Doctors' Outcry: Ge the Shot!
Babies are dying in Texas — deaths that health officials say can be prevented.
Physicians Protect Patients From Eating Contaminated Food
Outbreaks of people getting sick from eating contaminated food regularly make news. Physicians often are the first to detect the problem. They protect patients and the community by watching for and reporting suspected food-borne illnesses, and a new Texas law aims to speed their discovery as well.
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.
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