Public Health

Texas Department of State Health Services 


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Email: coronavirus@dshs.texas.gov
DSHS 2019-nCoV Call Center: 1-877-570-9779
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
For local assistance, see the listing of 
Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Local Health Entities.
DSHS 2019-nCoV website, click here

COVID 19 - Fighting / Cleaning Products   

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Novel Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Tracking Map Link

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy


Symptoms

Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever

  • cough

  • shortness of breath

CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses. 

The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

How it Spreads

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS and SARS. Many of the patients in the pneumonia outbreak caused by 2019-nCov in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring.

When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of SARS and MERS between people has generally occurred between close contacts. 

It’s important to note that how easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person-to-person. It’s important to know this in order to better understand the risk associated with this virus.

There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with 2019-nCoV and investigations are ongoing. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

Prevention & Treatment

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are every day habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions. 

People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on patients under investigation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html



Texas Department of State Health Services,

https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/IDCU/disease/Coronavirus,-Novel.aspx



Secretaria de Salud Gobierno del Estado de Tamaulipas

https://www.tamaulipas.gob.mx/salud/#



NEWS / NOTICIAS

Descartado Caso de Coronavirus en Tamaulipas: Secretaría de Salud.

https://www.tamaulipas.gob.mx/salud/2020/01/activa-tamaulipas-protocolo-de-bioseguridad-por-caso-sospechoso-de-coronavirus/







FOOD SAFETY ALERT:

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationexternal icon (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California, growing region.

​https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/o157h7-11-19/index.html


Congenital Syphilis Health Advisory - 10/03/19

HEALTH ADVISORY:
Congenital Syphilis
October 3, 2019

Summary

Reported syphilis cases are increasing nationally and in Texas.

  • Reported congenital syphilis (CS) cases are also increasing.
  • In Texas, 367 cases of CS were reported in 2018, which includes confirmed and probable (suspected) cases, as well as syphilitic stillbirths.

New state legislation was enacted on September 1, 2019 to increase syphilis testing in pregnant women. Testing is now mandated:

  • At first prenatal care examination
  • During third trimester (no earlier than 28 weeks gestation)
  • At delivery

Texas healthcare providers are urged to:

  • Screen all pregnant women for syphilis according to new testing requirements.
  • Look for clinical signs/symptoms of syphilis in all patients.
  • Treat patients with evidence of syphilis or recent exposure to syphilis on-site when possible. Document stage of syphilis and treatment administered.
  • Report syphilis cases to your local or regional health department at the time of diagnosis. Include pregnancy status and treatment in the report.
  • Test and evaluate newborns potentially exposed to syphilis in utero.
  • Update electronic health record/electronic medical record systems to reflect new testing requirements.

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/news/releases/2019/HealthAdvisory-10032019.aspx

E-Cigarettes

photo of various e-cigarette and vaping devices

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.  

Learn more about vaping and how to talk to your kids about vaping by visiting:

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).





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.