Infectious Diseases

  • Bugs Are Back, So Is Zika


    As we hit the first official days of spring, anticipation builds over of the threat of Zika virus cases spread by mosquito bites in Texas. 

    Screen and Talk to Patients About Zika
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  • Infectious Disease Articles

    State Again Offers Mosquito Repellent to Fight Zika

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    Beginning around May 1, Texas Medicaid and CHIP once again will make mosquito repellent a covered benefit for certain patients to help combat the Zika virus.

    Read What Agency Officials Are Saying
  • Texas Has First Reported PAM Case; DSHS Issues Advisory

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    DSHS issued a health advisory last month following the diagnosis of primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) in a Texas teenager, the first case reported in Texas this year. DSHS reminds you to be aware of the possibility of Naegleria fowleri infection in patients presenting with bacterial meningitis-like symptoms and recent freshwater exposure.

    What You Need to Know  
  • DSHS Recommends Testing Patients With Cyclospora Symptoms

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    Texas has experienced a large number of cyclosporiasis cases during the past four summers. DSHS reports at least some of the Texas cases in 2012–15 were associated with consumption of fresh cilantro imported from Mexico. Rapid reporting to public health authorities, enabling prompt investigation to identify possible common exposures, is essential to preventing additional cases of cyclosporiasis this year. 

    DSHS Recommendations
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness

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    Texas has more declared disasters than any other state and physicians have been an integral part of preparing and responding to these hazards. But preparedness for public health emergencies in particular call for a strong physician role in working with public health to plan for these ongoing events.

    State Should Prepare for Public Health Emergencies  
  • Tropical Diseases on the Rise in Texas

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    Hot, humid locations like Southeast Texas provide the perfect environment for the spread of viruses travelers typically bring back to the United States after a trip to the tropics. Mosquitoes transmit dengue, and the only way to prevent infection is to avoid mosquito bites. 

    What Physicians Need to Know