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Vaping Epidemic

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and local health departments are investigating cases of severe lung illness in people with a recent history of vaping.

Vaping is defined as the use of an electronic device (electronic cigarette, e-cigarette, vaporizer, vape[s], vape pen, dab pen, or other device) or dabbing to inhale substances (nicotine, marijuana, THC, THC concentrations, CBD, synthetic cannabinoids, flavorings, or other substances).

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Get up-to-date information about cases of severe lung illness caused by vaping in Texas.  

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If you would like to report a case with similar clinical presentation and history of vaping, please report it to DSHS by calling 512-422-0925 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

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NOTICE:  Fundraisers & Temporary Events

Any and all food vendors within City of Brownsville, must obtain a temporary health permit; this includes beverages/food gifted to the public.  Fundraisers are reviewed, and approved based on their intended purpose.  For more information on how to obtain a temporary health permit, please contact our office at (956)542-3437, and we'll be more than glad to assist you.  

The City of Brownsville Public Health Department's mission is to improve the quality of life, safety and well-being of our community through education and enforcement. 

The Public Health Department has over 34 full and part time staffed assigned to five divisions.

The divisions are as follows:

  • Animal Regulation & Care Center
    • Dedicated to improving the quality of life for the extended pet population.
  • Inspections & Foods
    • Dedicated to ensure food sold and served within the city is safe and produced under sanitary conditions.
  • Ordinance Enforcement
    • Dedicated to improving the quality of life, protect the health, safety and welfare of the community through enforcement.
  • Vector Control
    • Dedicated to monitoring and controlling mosquitos that are capable of transmitting disease.
  • Wellness
    • Dedicated to improving the City of Brownsville employees health and wellness.