TMA is working to get ahead of this year's highest-profile potential public health threat with the formation of a workgroup to strategize prevention and response to Zika virus disease.
The Texas Medical Association and the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have prepared the following information on Zika virus and pregnant patients.
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.
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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