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National Public Health Week is April 3-9, 2017. Please join us as we celebrate the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system. Here is one in a series of interviews with members of our Board of Directors.

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials are considering releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Houston as part of the fight against the insects known to carry diseases such as the Zika virus.

Business Standard

Officials in Harris County in the state of Texas are considering an approach that's been developed by British biotech firm Oxitec, that would introduce genetically modified mosquitoes to the Houston area whose offspring would die soon after birth.

The Philadelphia Tribune

The Houston Chronicle ( ) reports that Harris County, Texas, officials are negotiating with a British biotech company, Oxitec, to release mosquitoes that have been genetically engineered to produce offspring that die.


We’re hearing a lot about the 22 million people who may lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. But there’s another, quieter tragedy that could play out if the ACA is gutted: States could lose critical funding for public-health efforts like responding to outbreaks, vaccination programs, and anti-smoking and anti-obesity campaigns.

Health Equity Journal

Few dispute that social determinants such as economics, education, and the environment are the true drivers of health. In fact, the recent ‘‘Public Health 3.0’’ publication is a national call to action for public health to focus upstream.

vaccine through injection and not the nasal spray," Martha Marquez, Harris County Public Health media specialist, said. "This is due to the

e! Science News

," said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, executive director of Harris County Public Health. "Every day we learn more about Zika. The more we learn,

e! Science News

The Harris County Public Health Department -- which this past summer confirmed the state of Texas' first Zika-associated death -- has

the Houston area, Umair Shah, executive director of the Harris County public health and environmental services department, said his staff i…

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