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Year’s First West Nile Case Highlights Precautions

DSHS is reporting the state’s first West Nile Virus case of the year and reminds people to protect themselves from mosquito bites to stop the spread of this deadly disease. Read the West Nile news release.

Texas Takes Aim at Zika Virus

The Texas Department of State Health Services has ramped up efforts to protect people from Zika virus and is urging people to follow mosquito precautions.

While there is no evidence of local transmission by Texas mosquitoes now, state health officials have quickly implemented Zika virus prevention plans in anticipation of increased mosquito activity and the potential for local mosquito transmission. Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can be found in Texas, particularly urban areas in the south and southeast portions of the state, but can live anywhere humans are present.

Read the Zika news release. Learn more on the Texas Zika website, www.texaszika.org.

HHS System Public Hearing on the 2018-2019 Legislative Appropriations Request

The Health and Human Services Commission, Department of State Health Services, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Aging and Disability Services, and the Department of Family and Protective Services will conduct a public hearing to receive stakeholder input on program funding requests for the 2018-2019 Legislative Appropriations Requests (LAR) 1 p.m. Wed., May 25 in the Public Hearing Room of the Brown-Heatly Building, 4900 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78751

Savings Ideas Open for Public Voting

A list of money-saving ideas from health and human services employees is available for public vote. Our agencies are looking at the suggestions to see which ones are the most feasible. Tell us your favorites.

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Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Floods. Wildfires. These and other disasters frequently occur in Texas. It's too late to plan for these emergencies once a storm approaches. Now is the time to prepare yourself and your family for any emergency. Follow the easy suggestions at TexasPrepares.org orTexasPrepara.org (Spanish) today.

You can report suspected waste, fraud or abuse in health and human services programs to the HHSC Office of Inspector General online or by calling 800-436-6184. You may also make a report to the Texas State Auditor’s Office by calling 800-TX-AUDIT.

Last Updated May 13, 2016

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