Month: July 2017

27 Jul 2017

New Case of Locally Acquired Mosquito Borne Zika Virus in Texas

Just as we thought we were safe from Zika, a new infection with Zika virus was found July 26, 2017 in Hidalgo County, Texas, which is just outside of Brownsville in Southern Texas on the Mexico border. There have been hundreds of imported infections nationwide in 2017 from a variety of countries mostly in the Caribbean, but this is the first locally acquired infection this year. The information provided below is from the Texas Department of Health website: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/news/releases/2017/20170726.aspx Obviously, and similar to last year, use mosquito spray with at least 20% DEET when you are outside in areas where mosquito bites (or tick bites) are likely to occur. Wear long pants and long sleeves.

18 Jul 2017

Measles Scare After Anti-Vaxxers Gain Foothold in Minnesota

Throughout the first part of 2017, according to a new report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by the CDC, there have been 65 cases of Measles in Southern Minnesota. Anti-Vaxxers had gained a foothold in convincing a population there not to vaccinate their children because of concerns for autism. Of Note: Population Exposed : 8250 20 children of the 65 were hospitalized for pneumonia No Deaths and no mention of any post-infection complications (It is too early to tell) 3 Children who had already had 2 MMR doses, also contracted Measles Transmission to others is still ongoing. Vaccinate your children, people… to protect yourself and your children and most of all, my children https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6627a1.htm?s_cid=mm6627a1_w

10 Jul 2017

Iowa Kayakers Are Naegleria-Safe

Check out the kayakers in Charles City, Iowa – Being Naegleria-Safe. To protect yourself, always use a nose-clip or keep your head above water.