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  • Update: Ten Measles Cases Reported in Texas

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    Ten cases of measles have been reported in Texas this year, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said in a statement Wednesday. The 10th case is an adult who was visiting Guadalupe County from the Philippines, where there is an ongoing measles outbreak, the statement said.

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  • Most Texans Support Mandatory Childhood Vaccinations, Poll Shows

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    Although an anti-vaccine movement has continued to grow in Texas, the vast majority of voters support requiring vaccinations for Texas children, results from a poll released this week show. This is the third public opinion survey with very similar findings to be released in Texas in the past nine months.

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  • Mumps: Virus Causes Puffy Cheeks and Sometimes, Serious Complications

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    The bottom line: Mumps is a viral contagious disease. People know mumps for patients’ swollen cheeks and jaw, but patients also suffer fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Outbreaks occur every year in the United States and Texas. The MMR vaccine protects people against this disease.

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  • Multiple Mumps Cases Reported in Immigrant Detention Centers Across Texas

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    Texas physicians should be on the lookout for mumps as health officials investigate multiple cases of the infectious disease in immigration centers throughout the state.

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  • Talk to Patients About: Rotavirus

    Rotavirus is a highly contagious viral infection that inflames the lining of the stomach and intestines, and especially affects children 2 years old and younger. In the United States, the introduction of a vaccine in 2006 helped arrest rotavirus illnesses and deaths.

    Health Officials Investigating Rise in Infant Botulism Cases

    Honey pacifiers purchased in Mexico are suspected in an unusual increase in infant botulism this year, state health officials said late last week.

    New Physical Activity Guidelines Highlight the Importance of Moving

    The Department of Health and Human Services recently published the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which stress that being physically active is the most important step people can take to improve their health. This is true for any amount of physical activity, regardless of intensity, the guidelines say.

    TMA Argues to Keep Higher Negligence Standard in Emergency Care

    In a joint friend-of-the-court brief, the Texas Medical Association, Texas Alliance for Patient Access, Texas Hospital Association, and several other organizations told the Texas Supreme Court that proving a negligence case over emergency medical care in an obstetrical unit requires a higher-than-normal standard of proof under state law.

    Texas Gets $46 Million to Fight Opioid Abuse

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded the Texas Health and Human Services Commission $46.2 million to expand treatment options and to increase access to medication-assisted treatment.

    New Law Means More Pediatricians for Texas

    Children's health got a big boost recently when the U.S. Congress passed House Resolution 5385, which extends the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program for five years.

    Lessons From 1918’s Deadly Flu Outbreak

    Is it possible for the world to experience another catastrophe like the 1918 flu influenza outbreak? That is the question to be explored during a presentation Wednesday at the Department of State Health Services headquarters in Austin.


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