• Infectious Diseases

    • Screen and Talk to Patients About Zika

      TMA and the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have prepared the following information on Zika virus and pregnant patients.

      Serious birth defects including congenital microcephaly have been reported in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. Information on these outcomes related to Zika is evolving, but until more is known, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant.

  • More on Infectious Diseases

    • Screen and Talk to Patients About Zika
      TMA and the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have prepared the following information on Zika virus and pregnant patients.
    • Cancer Centers Endorse HPV Vaccine for Cancer Prevention
      In response to low national human papillomovirus (HPV) vaccination rates, MD Anderson Cancer Center has joined with 68 other National Cancer Institute cancer centers across the country to call for increased HPV vaccination for cancer prevention. The joint statement urges parents, young adults, and health care professionals to act to increase vaccination rates.
    • First Locally Acquired Zika Case in Texas Amid CDC Advisory
      The Zika virus is hitting close to home. The Texas Department of State Health Services reported the first case of Zika virus disease contracted in Texas. It involves a Dallas County resident who had sexual contact with someone who acquired the infection while traveling abroad. The agency says the possibility of sexual transmission from an infected person to a noninfected person is likely in this case. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Zika virus health advisory with information and recommendations for recognizing, managing, and reporting infections in travelers returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The advisory also provides travel guidance for pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant.
    • CDC Issues Zika Virus Health Advisory
      The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Zika virus health advisory with information and recommendations for recognizing, managing, and reporting infections in travelers returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The advisory also provides travel guidance for pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant. Last month, public health officials announced the confirmed diagnosis of the mosquito-borne disease in a Houston woman who traveled in November to El Salvador.
  • Ebola

    • CDC Releases Updated Ebola Monitoring Protocol
      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was expected to release new guidance on monitoring travelers from Liberia to the United States for potential Ebola infection. With the World Health Organization'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.
    • Ebola Resource Examines Dallas Contact Tracing, Monitoring
      It has been months since the last U.S. Ebola patient received a clean bill of health, yet public health officials continue to examine the response to the disease to plan and prepare for possible future cases. "Active Tracing and Monitoring of Contacts Associated With the First Cluster of Ebola in the United States," published in the May edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, discusses the process of contact tracing during the U.S. Ebola investigation. The paper identifies key experiences from contact tracing implementation and monitoring that may assist ongoing Ebola preparedness efforts.
    • 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.
  • 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.