Infectious Diseases

2018 Be Wise – Immunize Local Impact Grant Recipients - 05/03/2019

These Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants were approved in 2018


Syringe Service Programs Stop Spread of Disease - 04/03/2019

We hope you will move to quickly approve HB 1722, and we offer our assistance with your work. HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C can be spread through injection drug use regardless of where you live. We must get this effort right to reduce the spread of diseases and to target more of those who use injection drugs so they can obtain the treatment and support needed to address their addiction.


Fighting Antibiotic Resistance and Infectious Disease in Long-Term Care Facilities - 03/11/2019

TMA supports House Bill 1848 with hopes that this bill can help prevent last year’s influenza season and countless infectious disease deaths from happening again by lessening the spread and severity of an outbreak.


Talk To Your Patients About: Mumps - 03/11/2019

The March issue of Texas Medicine highlights mumps, which spreads easily through sneezing and coughing, or just touching infected surfaces. A vaccine, first introduced in 1967, reduced U.S. cases by 99 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Meet Texas’ Critical Public Health Needs - 02/13/2019

Investing in our people’s health through the DSHS now will avoid higher costs in the future. TMA recognizes the importance of a strong public health infrastructure and is ready to work with this committee towards continuing to improve the health of all Texans.


Talk to Patients About: Measles - 02/04/2019

Few Americans today remember when measles was deadly. But before the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963, the disease killed about 2.6 million globally each year. By 2016, vaccination programs cut that number to about 89,000.


Multiple Mumps Cases Reported in Immigrant Detention Centers Across Texas - 01/29/2019

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.  


Talk to Your Patients About: Rotavirus - 01/14/2019

January’s magazine spotlights rotavirus, a highly contagious viral infection that inflames the lining of the stomach and intestines, and especially affects children 2 years old and younger.


Help Fight HPV During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month - 01/10/2019

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month — a great time for physicians to promote regular screenings among patients as well as vaccination against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV).


Do You Speak Effectively About Flu Vaccines? - 11/30/2018

You know that your patients should get an influenza vaccine every year. But do you know how to speak to them about why? If you’re shaking your head at this point (or even if you’re not really sure), register now for the upcoming webinar: Communicating the Benefits of Seasonal Influenza in Texas.


Talk to Patients About: Whooping Cough - 11/29/2018

But pertussis has made a resurgence. Anti-vaccine sentiment and other factors allow pertussis to spread, especially in school children. But vaccination still remains the best protection.


Health Officials Investigating Rise in Infant Botulism Cases - 11/19/2018

Honey pacifiers purchased in Mexico are suspected in an unusual increase in infant botulism this year, state health officials said late last week.


More Cases of Rare Spinal Condition Reported in Texas - 11/08/2018

Texas physicians should report suspected cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) to their local health department because of increased cases of the rare spinal condition, state and federal public health officials advise.


Last Flu Season Was Even Worse Than We Thought - 10/19/2018

In Texas, more than 11,000 people died from flu and its complications during the 2017-18 flu season, including 16 children, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said.    


Lessons From 1918’s Deadly Flu Outbreak - 10/12/2018

Is it possible for the world to experience another catastrophe like the 1918 flu influenza outbreak? That is the question to be explored during a presentation Wednesday at the Department of State Health Services headquarters in Austin.


Vaccines on a Shelf: Vaccines in Development Often Sit Around Untested - 10/04/2018

Vaccines in development for diseases in Texas and beyond often sit around untested.


Evidence of Zika Infection Found in More Than 250 Texas Mothers - 09/06/2018

Officials have identified 265 Texas women who had evidence of a Zika infection while pregnant, a new report from the Texas Department of State Health Services says.


Officials Warn of Possible Measles Exposure - 08/27/2018

Physicians should be on the lookout for measles symptoms after a person with a confirmed case of the virus visited the Dallas area in August.


Update: Texas Cyclosporiasis Rise Above 250 - 08/16/2018

DSHS issued a health advisory last month for Texas physicians and health care providers to consider cyclosporiasis infection in patients who are experiencing symptoms, such as low-grade fever, vomiting, nausea, and fatigue.


Swat Team - 07/27/2018

How is Texas coping with the deadly diseases that come from bugs?


Survey Asks Cardiologists: What’s Your Grasp on Chagas? - 07/23/2018

Researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are asking you to complete a survey that will be used to study Chagas disease.


Survey Asks Primary Care Physicians: What’s Your Grasp on Chagas? - 07/23/2018

Researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are asking you to complete a survey that will be used to study Chagas disease.


Survey Asks Infectious Disease Specialists: What’s Your Grasp on Chagas? - 07/23/2018

Researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are asking you to complete a survey that will be used to study Chagas disease.


First West Nile Virus Cases Reported - 07/19/2018

Health officials in Galveston county and Austin have each confirmed one case of West Nile fever, and Dallas county health officials reported a case of West Nile neuroinvasive disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.


Sharpen Your Zika Knowledge at Free Seminar - 07/13/2018

The Texas Pediatric Society, in partnership with the Texas Department of State Health Services, will host a training seminar in Houston on congenital Zika virus that will focus on the screening, diagnosis, and care for children with congenital Zika syndrome.