Health Service Region 8 - Zoonosis Control Program

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Edward J. Wozniak, D.V.M., Ph. D.
Regional Veterinarian
2201 E. Main Street
Uvalde, TX 78001
830-591-4382
Fax: 830-278-1831

Purpose

The purpose of the Zoonosis Control Program is to promote the public health through prevention and control of diseases transmissible from animals to man.  The Zoonosis control program works in liaison with local, federal and other state agencies concerned with zoonotic disease control.

Goals

  • Investigate all reported occurrences of zoonotic disease in the Region
  • Collect biological samples (ticks, etc.) for surveillance (Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc.)
  • Present educational programs dealing with zoonosis
  • Provide training courses for animal control officers
  • Regulate animal control facilities where rabies suspects are observed

Activities

  • Regional health fairs and stock shows
  • School programs from pre-kinder through high school are tailored to teach bite avoidance, responsible ownership and disease prevention
  • Hospital in-service programs designed to assist with rabies risk assessment and emergency rabies biological procurement procedures
  • Numerous youth camps are incorporated in regional tick surveillance programs
  • Community rabies drives are supported and assistance is provided to both cities and counties in developing effective rabies control programs

Venomous Snakes of Health Service Region 8

TP-Copperhead

With onset of Spring, animal control officers, police officers, wildlife rehabilitators, animal rescue groups and others with animal interests or experience throughout the region will likely receive calls for assistance that involve snakes and at least some of these will involve medically significant venomous species. North America is home to 2 distinct families of venomous snakes, the Viperidae, which includes the rattlesnakes, copperheads and cottonmouths, and the Elapidae, which is represented only by the coral snakes. While some of these snakes are easily identified, some are not and many rank amongst the most feared and misunderstood animals on earth. This article specifically addresses all of the native venomous snakes that inhabit the region and is intended to serve as a reference for animal identification, field safety, safe capture and handling methods, and the currently recommended first aide measures for reptile envenomation. 

Read the complete article.

Link

Infectious Disease Control Unit Zoonosis Control
Region 8 Zoonosis Control Newsletters

Last updated March 11, 2011