Infectious Diseases

  • Measles: Updated Information and Resources Available to Fight Rising Cases

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    As measles cases continue to rise in Texas and across the U.S., the Texas Medical Association and Texas Hospital Association have created a document to help physicians and other health care professionals combat the highly contagious respiratory illness.

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    What You Need To Know As Measles Cases Rise  
  • Mobilizing Against Measles

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    Measles - a deadly disease declared eradicated in 2000 - has made an unwelcome return. Health experts say a growing anti-vaccine movement is weakening Texas' ability to withstand outbreaks. But there are still ways physicians can work to educate patients and communities and improve vaccination rates.

    Physicians Face the Worst National Outbreak in Decades  
  • Talk to Patients About: Hib

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    Despite its name, Haemophilus influenzae type b – or Hib – doesn’t cause influenza. In the 1890s, doctors thought this bacteria might cause flu and – despite later research showing flu is caused by a virus – the name stuck.

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  • West Nile, Chikungunya, Dengue Reported In Texas

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    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  
  • 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  
  • 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?  
  • 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.

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