Health Service Region 1 Zoonosis Control

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Purpose

Zoonosis Control promotes public health through prevention and control of diseases transmissible from animals to man.

Other Zoonosis information available at:

Department of State Health Services, HSR1
Zoonosis Control
P.O. Box 60968
WTAMU Station
Canyon Texas 79016
Phone: 806-655-7151
Fax: 806-655-6448

Department of State Health Services, HSR1
Zoonosis Control
6302 Iola Ave.
Lubbock Texas 79424
Phone: 806-783-6422
Fax: 806-783-6435

For Zoonosis Control related questions, please contact Dr James Alexander or Tonya Finch, in the Canyon office, or Karen McDonald in the Lubbock office.

Services Provided

Zoonosis Control provides services related to zoonotic diseases, which are the diseases shared by animals and humans. The primary focus is on rabies prevention and post-exposure treatment. Consultation is provided for physicians and the public to assist in decision making regarding the need for treatment when a possible rabies exposure has occurred. The Department of State Health Services provides rabies biologics for post-exposure treatment based on a doctor's prescription.

The staff performs annual inspections of all official rabies quarantine facilities in the region. Other issues related to rabies control, such as pet overpopulation, animal control, and animal bites, are also addressed by the staff.

Besides rabies, the zoonoses of importance in Health Service Region 1 include hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS); plague; tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and ehrlichiosis; and Q fever.

Zoonosis Control staff provide training for animal control officers and local rabies control authorities. Presentations are also provided for schools, veterinary and medical professionals, and other interested parties.

The following needs to replace what is under the “Health Service Region 1 Topics of Interest” heading on:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/region1/news2007marchrabies.shtm


Zoonosis Control related links:


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Last updated January 17, 2014