here for the latest information regarding
Influenza and Infection Prevention in Dallas County.
DCHHS Health Advisory (#4): Ebola
A patient hospitalized in Dallas County was confirmed to have
Ebola infection this afternoon, through testing performed
at the CDC and state laboratories. This is the first imported
case of Ebola to have been diagnosed in the United States.
DCHHS Health Advisory (2): Enterovirus
In recent weeks, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections among
children have continued to be identified in many states, now
DCHHS Health Advisory: Legionella
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is noting
an increase in cases of Legionnaires’ disease, which
is a serious form of pneumonia that can be acquired from inhalation
of aerosols or aspiration of water containing Legionella bacteria.
DCHHS Health Advisory Update: Enterovirus
Increases in severe respiratory illness from enterovirus D68
(EV-D68) among children have been confirmed recently in several
states1 and are currently suspected in additional states.
No EV-D68 cases have yet been confirmed in Texas.
The algorithm and questionnaire
were developed as a tools for area clinicians who may be evaluating
patients with compatible risk factors and symptoms. Please
note that this interim guidance is subject to change due to
the evolving situation. This update replaces previous versions
from 8/7/14 and 8/11/14, and incorporates new CDC guidance
which has been released.
DCHHS Health Advisory: Measles
A case of confirmed measles was announced today of an adult
Tarrant County resident.
DCHHS Health Advisory: Chikungunya
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has confirmed
Dallas County’s first travel-associated human case of
chikungunya for 2014.
DCHHS Health Advisory: Increase
in Cyclospora Infections
Since July 8, 2014, 10 cases of Cyclospora infection have
been reported to Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS).
DCHHS Health Advisory Update (2):
West Nile Virus
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting
the first 2 human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection
confirmed in Dallas County for this season.
DCHHS Health Advisory:Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Because of increases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus
(MERS-CoV) cases reported from Saudi Arabia and UAE since
mid-March of 2014, clinicians are being requested to increase
their index of suspicion for MERS-CoV in travelers to the
Arabian Peninsula and neighboring countries. Read more about
the health advisories from DCHHS
11/06/13 DCHHS Press Release:
Human Case of WNV
DCHHS announced the sixteenth human West Nile virus case in
Dallas County for the 2013 season.
Journal of Medical Entomology: Impact
of Aerial Spraying of Pyrethrin
Insecticide on Culex
pipiens and Culex tarsalis (Diptera:Culicidae) Abundance and West
Nile Virus Infection Rates
in an Urban/ Suburban Area of Sacramento County, California (Pages
Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association: Evaluation
of Efficacy and Human Health Risk of Aerial Ultra-Low Volume Applications
of Pyrethrins and Piperonyl Butoxide for Adult Mosquito Management
in Response to West Nile Virus Activity in Sacramento County, Calif.
In a disaster or public health emergency, coordination among local
public health departments, the medical community, and emergency
management is vital. When a disaster or public health emergency
strikes Dallas County, hospitals, physicians, and other health care
agencies coordinate their responses through the Dallas Medical Operations
Center (DMOC). DMOC is the official centralized coordinator of all
medical responses in the event of a regional emergency. DMOC enables
all responding agencies at the regional, state, and federal levels
to report and share information regarding resources, supplies, volunteers
and critical needs. By coordinating communications with all Dallas
area physicians, DCMS is a key participant in DMOC by distributing
up-to-date and accurate details of the emergency through web site,
faxes, email, and phone. DCMS also assists the local Medical Reserve
Corps in recruiting and scheduling physician volunteers to be deployed
at emergency shelters.
DCMS needs your help to build our team of volunteer physicians
that will respond during a disaster or public health emergency.
Only physicians who have signed up to volunteer with DCMS/Medical
Reserve Corps will be allowed to volunteer at non-hospital official
sites set up to assist those in need.
If you are interested in serving as a emergency response physician
this form and fax back to 214-946-5805 or contact Connie Webster,
senior vice president of operations at firstname.lastname@example.org
DCMS and our community leaders greatly appreciate your willingness
to serve in this vital capacity.
To contact us:
DCMS Senior V.P. of Operations