Two doctors recall first-hand experience with Zika virus

The recent travel advisory issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning tourists of the heightened outbreak of the Zika virus. Although the Zika virus has never been contracted in the United States, one of the first cases reported into Temple, Texas, was remarkably reported by a provider at Baylor Scott … Continue reading Two doctors recall first-hand experience with Zika virus

Take caution to avoid mosquitoes, recent West Nile cases confirmed

After recent reports of West Nile mosquitoes, residents throughout Texas should take caution to avoid exposure to mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection. Although there are some misconceptions about West Nile, the August 4th release from the Texas Department of State Health Services reported nine total cases of West Nile this year, with three suffering … Continue reading Take caution to avoid mosquitoes, recent West Nile cases confirmed

The truth about the measles outbreak and vaccinations

The recent measles outbreak is a stark reminder that diseases we once thought were conquered have the ability to reignite without proper precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention reported 141 cases in 17 states, including Texas, this year through Feb. 13. Most of the cases appear to be linked to people who contracted the … Continue reading The truth about the measles outbreak and vaccinations

Reduce chance of flu, measles infections with 5 simple steps

It is a common misconception that flu season occurs only during the winter. But it actually starts in October and can last until May. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), about 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu each year. In addition, the recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland reminds … Continue reading Reduce chance of flu, measles infections with 5 simple steps

Why is NHL facing unprecedented mumps outbreak?

More than a dozen NHL hockey players have reportedly been diagnosed with the mumps in recent weeks, prompting obvious questions about how and why the disease is spreading among the athletes. (USA Today reports today that three more players have been added to the NHL’s list of mumps cases.) We asked Steven Davis, M.D., the medical director … Continue reading Why is NHL facing unprecedented mumps outbreak?

5 flu and vaccine facts you need to know

There are early indications that this year’s flu season could be severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s largely because the variants of the flu virus that many patients are catching are different from this season’s vaccine virus, the CDC says. Says the CDC: So far this year, seasonal influenza A H3N2 viruses have been … Continue reading 5 flu and vaccine facts you need to know

‘Vital Lessons’ from Ebola forum at UT Dallas

What unfolded at Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas after the first Ebola case in the country was diagnosed there would have likely happened at any hospital in the U.S., William Sutker, MD, medical director of infectious disease and epidemiology for the Baylor Scott & White Health — North Texas division, said on Wednesday night. Dr. Sutker … Continue reading ‘Vital Lessons’ from Ebola forum at UT Dallas