Infectious Diseases

  • West Nile, Chikungunya, Dengue Reported In Texas

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    Summer hasn’t started yet – that happens June 21 – but several cases of vector-borne diseases have been identified in Texas. Four cases each of chikungunya and dengue have been reported in Dallas, Fort Bend, Harris, Lubbock, Tarrant, and Travis counties, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said this week.

    Keep Your Community Safe, Remind Patients to Take These Precautions  
  • Update: Ten Measles Cases Reported in Texas

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    Ten cases of measles have been reported in Texas this year, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said in a statement Wednesday. The 10th case is an adult who was visiting Guadalupe County from the Philippines, where there is an ongoing measles outbreak, the statement said.

    Cities With Confirmed Cases  
  • Multiple Mumps Cases Reported in Immigrant Detention Centers Across Texas

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    Texas physicians should be on the lookout for mumps as health officials investigate multiple cases of the infectious disease in immigration centers throughout the state.

    What You Need to Report  
  • New FDA-Approved Flu Drug Has Roots in Texas

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    Yesterday, the FDA approved the use of Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) as another tool for treating acute uncomplicated influenza in people 12 years and older. You might have already heard about the drug, which has garnered a lot of media attention because of how effective it is in reducing flu symptoms.

    Will the Upcoming Flu
    Season be Better?
  • Can Practices Require Employees to Get a Flu Shot?

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    It may seem like the sensible thing to do, but no, you can’t make everyone in your practice get a flu shot.

    What If Your Employee Opts Out?  
  • CDC: South Texas Saw Spike in Zika-Related Birth Defects


    U.S. regions where Zika is most prevalent ― including South Texas ― saw a 21-percent jump in Zika-related birth defects in the last half of 2016 compared with the first part of that year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    A Difficult Disease to Detect
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) - Congenital Infection

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    Have you talked with your pregnant patients about congenital CMV? TMA Members of the Committee on Infectious Disease and the Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health have developed a flyer with key messages and resources for additional information to help you.

    What Is Cytomegalovirus and How Is It Transmitted?  
  • Right Antibiotic, Right Dose, Right Duration, and Right Time

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    Learn more about your role in efforts to support antibiotic stewardship in your practice health care facility. Battle the resistance.

    What Can I Do?  
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