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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.

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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.

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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.


"The first and foremost thing that everybody's concerned about is just getting folks out of harm's way with the flooded waters," says Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health, whose own home came under mandatory evacuation Tuesday morning.

The Weather Channel

The executive director of Harris County’s public health department Dr. Umair Shah told the New York Times that while the area has invested, “The challenge is until it unfolds there’s so many moving pieces and it’s never the same as the situations you’ve previously encountered.”

The CW: News Fix

“Public health is our priority and we do not want people to gamble with their safety,” said Dr. Umair A. Shair, HCPH executive director. “I am encouraging people to have at least a seven day supply of food, medication and bottled water. Also, be prepared to evacuate, if an order is made by our emergency leaders.”

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

The Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony is held annually to recognize leaders who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing the burden and raising awareness of the obesity epidemic in Texas. The 2017 award ceremony will take place during the 10th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week, September 11-15, 2017.

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