Tx Department of State Health Services

Warm, Wet Weather Heightens West Nile Concern in Texas

May 23, 2019 - A mild winter, even by Texas standards, means public health officials are on guard for a possible increase in West Nile virus cases this year. Research shows that warmer winter temperatures are associated with more West Nile cases the following summer. Plus, heavy and widespread rain across Texas this spring has left behind standing water that provides mosquitoes ample breeding ground to multiply and spread their misery.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect yourself now and throughout mosquito season:

Texas Urges Health Precautions for Residents Affected by Hurricane Harvey

August 30, 2017 - The Texas Department of State Health Services is issuing the following health precautions for people experiencing flooding and power outages in Southeast Texas and beginning recovery from Hurricane Harvey along the middle Texas coast.

People should follow all local drinking water safety notices and throw out food that may have spoiled or been contaminated. Because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, gasoline-powered generators should not be used indoors.

Do Not Delay, Get Your Flu Shot Before Flu Season Strikes

September 29, 2016 - With flu season just around the corner, health officials at the Texas Department of State Health Services urge everyone 6 months old and older to get vaccinated to protect themselves from getting the flu. 

“I’m asking people to get immunized now because it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to become fully effective,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. “Getting the flu shot every year offers the best protection against getting sick with the flu.”

DSHS Offers PAM Precautions

July 15, 2016 - The Texas Department of State Health Services is reminding swimmers and water skiers to take precautions to avoid infection from Naegleria fowleri, an ameba present in nearly all rivers, lakes, ponds and streams. The ameba can cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, an infection of the brain. Although infection is extremely rare, it is almost always fatal.

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