State of Texas Confirms Two New Cases of Hantavirus

Two Texas residents have been diagnosed with Hantavirus, bringing the state’s total to three since the start of the year. The two patients live in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains. Between 2009 and 2012, there were no reported cases of Hantavirus. Last year, there was one diagnosis. The disease can be fatal and is categorized by fatigue, fever, and muscle aches occasionally accompanied by dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. The virus is carried by rats and mice and is shed in their urine, droppings, and saliva. Humans can breathe it in and become sick. The Texas Department… Full Story

Texas’ Teen Birthrate Lags Behind National Rate

While teen birthrates in Texas decreased by more than 43 percent between 1991 and 2012, they did not fall as much as the nationwide average and cost taxpayers $1.1 billion in healthcare, foster car, and lost tax revenue. The Texas Tribune dug into the numbers behind the dip in teen births, which, nationally, shrunk by 52 percent during that same period. California went so far as to cut its rate by 64 percent. Experts say that Texas could impact its rate by championing sex education and access to contraceptives. Others, meanwhile, say that states like California have a higher abortion… Full Story