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Blue Bell Recalls All Products – April 21, 2015

Blue Bell Creameries has recalled all products due to concerns about illness. Texas urges consumers to follow the recall and not eat any Blue Bell products.

Ten past cases of listeriosis (Kansas, 5; Texas, 3; Arizona, 1; Oklahoma, 1) recently have been associated with Blue Bell products. The Texas cases identified as part of the outbreak are related to products made at the company’s Oklahoma plant. The Texas cases were hospitalized for unrelated problems before they developed Listeriosis between 2011 and 2014. The Kansas cases were identified and linked to products from the company’s Brenham plant.

Listeriosis is an infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms usually start within several days, though they can develop up to two months after eating contaminated food. Symptoms may include diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms followed by fever or muscle aches.


Chikungunya – May 5, 2015

DSHS has confirmed six Texas cases of chikungunya in 2015. The viral illness causes fever and severe joint pain and is transmitted by mosquitoes. All reported cases in Texas cases have been imported, meaning that travelers have acquired the illness while visiting parts of the world where the virus is more common. However, those imported cases mean there is a potential for chikungunya to spread in Texas because the Aedes mosquitoes that transmit it are present in the state.

County Cases
Dallas 1
El Paso 1
Fort Bend 1
Harris 1
Travis 2
Chikungunya

Additional information on chikungunya

Fight the Bite” to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses like chikungunya and West Nile virus.


Flu Surveillance – May 1, 2015

DSHS’s latest flu surveillance report classifies the geographic distribution of flu activity in Texas as “sporadic,” indicating small numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases or a single flu outbreak has been reported. Additionally, the intensity of influenza-like illness, measuring the proportion of doctor visits prompted by flu-like illness, is currently classified as “minimal.”

DSHS tracks the number of pediatric deaths due to the influenza. This season, 16 Texas children have died from the flu.

DSHS urges everyone six months old and older to get vaccinated against the flu. It is particularly important for pregnant women, young children, older adults and people with chronic health conditions, because people in those groups are at a greater risk of severe complications if they do get the flu.

Latest Available DSHS Weekly Flu Surveillance Report

Historical DSHS Flu Surveillance Reports

TexasFlu.org

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Last updated May 05, 2015