• 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

    • Learn About HIV Screening at Test Texas Coalition Summit
      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. Register today for the summit, hosted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
    • Changes to New State Notifiable Conditions List
      The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has released the 2016 Texas Notifiable Conditions list, which features some changes, including expanded descriptions of tuberculosis (TB) and TB infection to clarify reporting expectations.
    • Download the Fist-Bump Poster for Your Office
      A physical medicine and rehab physician from Denton, Dr. Marchetti remarks, “This has all of the qualities of an ideal medical intervention: it’s free, it’s safe and it can be done easily by everyone.”
    • Fist-Bump Your Doc
      TMA member Jason Marchetti, MD, devised this outreach campaign reminding people about the need for hygiene measures, especially during flu season, and to introduce the fist-bump as a scientifically validated greeting method that can dramatically decrease germ transmission during hand-to-hand contact. The campaign involves putting up educational posters in the waiting room and exam rooms to share this information with patients and encourage this more hygienic greeting approach. In his own practice, Dr. Marchetti has found that patients, young and old, have embraced the campaign enthusiastically. Download all your Fist-Bump Your Doc materials here.Page to build Tier 3 pages
  • Ebola

    • CDC: Health Facilities No Longer Need to Screen for Ebola
      The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated guidance — in the form of frequently asked questions — on Ebola screening in health care facilities. CDC says U.S. health facilities "no longer need to screen patients specifically for Ebola virus disease" but should regularly review CDC travel notices, obtain a complete travel history before the patient exam, and "adjust screening practices for acutely ill patients."
    • Public Health
      Whether it's preparing for and responding to the latest infectious disease outbreak, promoting healthy lifestyles, or lobbying for strong immunization practices, TMA's public health activities are unsurpassed. Improving the health of all Texans.
    • Infectious Diseases
      TMA addresses infectious disease prevention in Texas. Find resources for your practice on disease management and prevention.
    • 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.
  • 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.