Zika, dengue, West Nile virus, Ebola, are a growing concern as the public becomes aware of diseases with origins in other parts of the world. No longer solely the focus of infectious disease experts, all physicians are challenged to be up to date on rapidly emerging infectious diseases that can harm their patients.
The Texas Medical Association and the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have prepared the following information on Zika virus and pregnant patients.
Do you want to learn more about routine HIV screening in health care settings? You'll have the chance at the 2016 Test Texas Coalition Summit on May 13 in Austin at the Doubletree by Hilton.
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.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance on monitoring travelers from Liberia to the United States for potential Ebola infection. With the World Health Organization's (WHO's) designation of Liberia as "Ebola free" in May, CDC has developed a "step-down" screening protocol for low-risk travelers to the United States from Liberia.
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