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The health care and public health community can claim several victories in the wake of Hurricane Harvey: the relatively low death toll, the success of the investments made to fortify the Texas Medical Center and the rapid response to the elevated risk of mosquito-borne illnesses after the storm.

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Meanwhile, it was literally raining cats and dogs at the Harris County Animal Shelter. "We took in over 800 animals and about 478 of those were Harvey-displaced animals," said Dr. Michael White, Director of the Veterinary Public Health Division at Harris County Public Health. The facility designed to handle about 12,000 animals a year, now handles about 20,000 a year.

Houston Chronicle

Harris County Public Health operates an extensive medical screening station where people can check glucose and blood pressure and even receive flu shots. This year, with Harvey waters affecting many who live on the streets, health department education and communications director Elizabeth Perez said officials added free tetanus shots.

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“Our residents are fortunate because Harris County has local resources to support a robust vector-control program,” said NACCHO President Umair Shah, director of Harris County Public Health in Houston, Texas, in a NACCHO.

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Durante la temporada de otoño e invierno es persistente el contagio de gripe, que para algunas personas vulnerables puede traer serias consecuencias.


“What we say is when in doubt throw it out, or when in doubt tear it out,” Harris County Executive Director of Public Health Dr. Umair Shah told one resident, ABC News reports.


Hundreds of restaurants are trying to return to normal life after Harvey - some safely, some not. Harris County Public Health has forced a few to close. 

ABC News

One month after Harvey hit Texas, Houston residents are still cleaning up, with some even having to gut their homes after the devastation caused by the floodwaters. Now public health officials from Harris County are going door to door to warn homeowners about the dangers still lurking in their Harvey-affected homes.

Houston Public Media

State and county health officials say the large areas Harvey’s rainfall and flooding created for mosquitoes to lay eggs made the spraying necessary, especially considering these insects can carry diseases such as the West Nile and Zika viruses, as well as Dengue and Chikungunya. Dr. Mustapha Debboun, who is in charge of the Mosquito Control division at Harris County’s Department of Public Health, notes the spraying was at least 80 percent effective.

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