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The Importance of Disease Reporting:

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The Importance of Disease Reporting:

By Tammy Tyrrell, R.N

 

Public health agencies are charged with preventing disease and injury in humans. One of

the keystones of disease prevention is the reporting of certain diseases by physicians, veterinarians,

and other health professionals such as hospitals, laboratories, schools, day care

centers, etc.

 Several Texas laws found in the Health & Safety Code, Chapters 81, 84, and 87 require

specific information regarding notifiable conditions be provided to the Texas Department of

State Health Services (DSHS). All diseases shall be reported by name, age, sex,

race/ethnicity, DOB, address, telephone number, disease, date of onset, method of diagnosis,

and name, address, and telephone number of physician.

Each January the list of notifiable conditions in Texas is updated. Notable changes included

in this year’s list include the following:

 

□ Addition of two multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae

(CRE) and Multi-drug-resistant Acinetobacter (MDR-A). Currently,

reporting of these conditions is encouraged as a rare or exotic disease. CRE

and MDR-A will be specified by Texas Administrative Code (TAC) rule with an estimated

effective date of April 1, 2014. See proposed amendments at

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/1206/1206prop.pdf, 25 TAC §§97.1,

97.3, 97.4, 97.7.

□ Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has been replaced by a more inclusive

Coronavirus, novel causing severe acute respiratory disease.

□ Instructions were added to botulism to request reporting by phone immediately to

DSHS via after-hours toll-free number listed.

□ Multiple updates to footnotes.

 
The table below contains the 2014 list of notifiable conditions and indicates when to report

each condition (i.e. within one working day, within one week, within one month, or if they

require immediate notification). In addition to the conditions listed below, any public health

emergencies, outbreaks, exotic diseases, and unusual group expressions of disease must

be reported to your local health department or to DSHS immediately.

Most notifiable conditions, or other illnesses that may be of public health significance, should

be reported directly to the local health department or health service regions. Reports can

also be made by telephone to the statewide reporting number, 800-705-8868. It is designed

to route a caller to the appropriate local or regional health entity. Paper reporting forms can

be obtained by calling your local or health service region.

 

Call Immediately 24/7 Phone Numbers

Scurry County Health Unit

Business Hours call 325-573-3508 / After Hours call 325-933-0280 or 325-933-0287

Department or State Health Services

Statewide Reporting Number 800-705-8868/ After Hours Physician On Call 512-458-7111


 

The Importance of Disease Reporting

E-mail Print PDF

The Importance of Disease Reporting:

By Tammy Tyrrell, R.N

 

Public health agencies are charged with preventing disease and injury in humans. One of

the keystones of disease prevention is the reporting of certain diseases by physicians, veterinarians,

and other health professionals such as hospitals, laboratories, schools, day care

centers, etc.

 Several Texas laws found in the Health & Safety Code, Chapters 81, 84, and 87 require

specific information regarding notifiable conditions be provided to the Texas Department of

State Health Services (DSHS). All diseases shall be reported by name, age, sex,

race/ethnicity, DOB, address, telephone number, disease, date of onset, method of diagnosis,

and name, address, and telephone number of physician.

Each January the list of notifiable conditions in Texas is updated. Notable changes included

in this year’s list include the following:

 

□ Addition of two multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae

(CRE) and Multi-drug-resistant Acinetobacter (MDR-A). Currently,

reporting of these conditions is encouraged as a rare or exotic disease. CRE

and MDR-A will be specified by Texas Administrative Code (TAC) rule with an estimated

effective date of April 1, 2014. See proposed amendments at

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/1206/1206prop.pdf, 25 TAC §§97.1,

97.3, 97.4, 97.7.

□ Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has been replaced by a more inclusive

Coronavirus, novel causing severe acute respiratory disease.

□ Instructions were added to botulism to request reporting by phone immediately to

DSHS via after-hours toll-free number listed.

□ Multiple updates to footnotes.

 
The table below contains the 2014 list of notifiable conditions and indicates when to report

each condition (i.e. within one working day, within one week, within one month, or if they

require immediate notification). In addition to the conditions listed below, any public health

emergencies, outbreaks, exotic diseases, and unusual group expressions of disease must

be reported to your local health department or to DSHS immediately.

Most notifiable conditions, or other illnesses that may be of public health significance, should

be reported directly to the local health department or health service regions. Reports can

also be made by telephone to the statewide reporting number, 800-705-8868. It is designed

to route a caller to the appropriate local or regional health entity. Paper reporting forms can

be obtained by calling your local or health service region.

 

Call Immediately 24/7 Phone Numbers

Scurry County Health Unit

Business Hours call 325-573-3508 / After Hours call 325-933-0280 or 325-933-0287

Department or State Health Services

Statewide Reporting Number 800-705-8868/ After Hours Physician On Call 512-458-7111







Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 16:49
 

FLU VACCINE

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THE SCURRY COUNTY HEALTH UNIT IS

OFFERING QUADRIVALENT FLU VACCINE.

The cost for the immunization is $20 for adults,

and $5 for children 18 years of age and under.

The Health Unit is also offering TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria and

Pertussis) vaccine to the public. The cost for the immunization is $40.

We have seen a large increase in Pertussis in adults and children in

our area.

CliniC hours:

Tuesday 8:30 am to 11:30 am, and 1:30pm to 4:30 pm.

Thursday mornings from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.

The Scurry County Health Unit

Insurance. If you are unable to afford the cost of these vaccines,

please call the Health Unit for further details on how you can qualify

for reduced or no charge.

DOES NOT file Medicare or Private

Please call for details 325-573-3508.

911 26th street, snyder, Texas 79549

 

NEW EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM!!

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NEW

Community Emergency Notification System

  

                                        Alert Types
                                  Emergency Notifications
                                  General Notifications
                                  Severe Weather Warnings
Raising the bar in public safety, CodeRED Weather Warning is a unique service that automatically notifies citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service. This limited CodeRED Weather Warning subscription is available to you at no direct cost.

    CODE RED

   Be alert to changing weather conditions
   Please register your home and cell phone              

Community Emergency Notification system.
This system will be used for emergency alerts!

                                                                   http://ci.snyder.tx.us

                                                                 or

                                                     https:://public.coderedweb.com

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 13:55
 

Extreme Heat and Your Health

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Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. An important goal of this web site is to provide easily accessible resources for members of the public, local health departments and other organizations, assisting ongoing outreach efforts to those most vulnerable to extreme heat events.

STAY COOL
Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
  • Find an air-conditioned shelter.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk twice a day.

STAY HYDRATED

Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.

 STAY INFORMED

Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside.

  • Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat illness.
  • For more information, please click here.

More information can be obtained on the CDC website listed above.

 
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