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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.

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.

ABC13: Eyewitness News

A Missouri City man says he contracted flesh-eating bacteria right in his own neighborhood as he was trying to help his neighbors during Hurricane Harvey.

ABC13: Eyewitness News

"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.

ABC13: Eyewitness News

Harris County Public Health took a personal approach to look for Harvey-related concerns. On Friday, dozens of volunteers walked, knocked, and spoke with Seabrook neighbors, a task county public health officials said was necessary because the need following Harvey is still great.

The Scientist

With flooding still several feet high in some parts of Texas, authorities have intensified mosquito control tactics in the hopes of avoiding disease outbreaks. Under normal circumstances, Harris County Public Health deploys trucks that spray insecticide in an area only if a mosquito trapped there carries disease. “But there is nothing normal about Harvey because there’s water everywhere,” says entomologist Mustapha Debboun, the director of mosquito and vector control for Harris County Public Health.

CBS Evening News

Dr. Umair Shah is making the rounds in the flooded areas of Houston. As the Harris County Public Health director, he's warning residents about the risks they face while cleaning up their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller. 

Huffington Post

Public health experts offer 11 guidelines for those returning home.

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