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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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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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"The goal is to reduce the effects mosquitoes are having on recovery efforts and the possibility of a future increase in mosquito-borne disease," explained Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health.

The Houston Chronicle

Since Hurricane Harvey ravaged the region one month ago, Harris County Animal Shelter at Veterinary Public Health has provided care and respite to nearly 1,000 displaced animals, but now the shelter needs community support to foster or adopt more than 100 more.

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Arlington, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation will bestow its highest honor to a healthcare professional who has been instrumental in the Houston hurricane response and recovery efforts. Umair A. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., executive director and local health authority for Harris County (Texas) Public Health (HCPH), is the recipient of the organization’s 2017 Excellence in Patient Care Award. Dr. Shah, who is also the president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), will accept the award at the 19th Annual NACDS Foundation Dinner on November 29, 2017, in New York City.

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