DCHHS Confirms Year’s Fourth Zika Case in Dallas County

Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the fourth case of Zika virus in Dallas County for 2017. The case has been submitted for review to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The 66-year-old resident of Dallas was infected while traveling to the French West Indies in the Caribbean. DCHHS has not provided more information due to medical confidentiality reasons. The last DCHHS report in August showed 22 persons were infected with Zika virus in 2016, one of which was transmitted sexually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika virus is primarily transmitted to people by… Full Story

DCHHS Reports 12th and 13th Flu Deaths in Dallas County

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported its 12th and 13th flu-related deaths in Dallas County for the 2016-17 season. According to a DCHHS statement, the 84-year-old and 82-year-old residents of Carrollton and Balch Springs died after complications from the seasonal flu. The DCHHS has not provided any additional information for medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons. DCHHS reported for the year 2014-2015, there were 19 flu-related deaths for adults in Dallas County. DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said the DCHHS’ sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of the individuals who passed. “These deaths are an unfortunate reminder… Full Story

DCHHS Mumps Update Confirms 33 Cases in Dallas County

Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported 33 mumps cases in Dallas County in 2017. DCHHS identified 27 associated mumps cases between students and teachers in Cedar Hill High School, though not all are Dallas County residents. Between Dallas and Mesquite, DCHHS confirmed six additional mumps cases. According to DCHHS records, Texas hasn’t reported more than 20 mumps cases since 2011. In 2016, however, North Texas surpassed 50 cases, with eight of them reported in Dallas County. DCHHS continues to advise getting two vaccinations to prevent infection and spread of the disease. “The increased number of mumps cases reported… Full Story

DCHHS Confirms 10th Mumps Case

Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed its 10th case of mumps in Dallas County for 2017. The patient is a Dallas resident who is in the age range of 25 to 35. According to DCHHS, the patient’s exposure to mumps occurred locally and is not associated with any previous reported case. According to DCHHS records, Texas hasn’t reported more than 20 mumps cases since 2011. In 2016, however, North Texas surpassed 50 cases, with eight of them reported in Dallas County. DCHHS continues to advise getting two vaccinations to prevent infection and spread of the disease. “The increased number… Full Story

DCHHS Confirms Eighth Mumps Case in Dallas County

Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed its eighth case of mumps in Dallas County for 2017. The patient is a Dallas resident between the ages of 20 to 30. According to DCHHS, the patient’s exposure to mumps occurred locally and is not associated with any previous reported case. According to DCHHS records, Texas hasn’t reported more than 20 mumps cases since 2011. However, in 2016, North Texas surpassed 50 cases, with eight reported in Dallas County. DCHHS continues to advise getting two vaccinations to prevent infection and spread of the disease. “The increased number of mumps cases reported in the… Full Story

DCHHS Confirms Seventh Mumps Case in Dallas County

The Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the seventh mumps case in Dallas County for 2017. According to a statement, the exposure to mumps occurred locally and is not associated with any prior cases. The DCHHS disclosed the patient is a Dallas resident and in the age range of 45 to 55, but has not provided any additional information for medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons. “The increased number of mumps cases reported in the North Texas area underscores the importance of getting vaccinated,” Thompson said in a statement. DCHHS continues to advise getting two vaccinations to prevent infection.