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The Texas Department of State Health Services presented its 2017 Maverick County Report during the Commissioners Court meeting held on Monday

TDSHS representative Joe Guerrero and Rosy de Los Santos presented vital health information to the court regarding Public Health Region 8 (PHR 8) which includes Maverick County.

“We do a lot of public health initiatives to improve the health outcomes for people in Maverick County.” said de Los Santos.

TDSHS provides a variety of services and depends on public health professionals with many different areas of expertise,

Among the outreach provided by TDSHS this past year included emergency management and services for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Tuberculosis screenings and education, Zika Outreach programs, Car Seat Education, Specialized Health & Social Services, Epidemiology, and many other health- related services across the State.

During 2017 Zika education was a significant initiative in Region 8, A coordinated effort of multiple programs was enacted to provide education and prevent Zika infection in the region.

TDSHS also dealt with Tuberculosis threats and diagnosis.

The State organization also gave away 257 car seats in Maverick and Val Verde Counties.

Special Health and Social Services Region 8 case managers also served 254 clients who received personal attendant and habilitation services.

The Epidemiology Program investigated over 1,400 illnesses or conditions reported by healthcare providers. The majority (68.0%) of the notifiable conditions reported were enteric conditions. There were 306 Campylobacteriosis reported.

“The Texas Department of State Health Services is committed to serving the people and communities in our jurisdiction. We work daily to promote healthy behaviors and to protect residents from health threats,” said Guerrero.

TDSHS mission is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of

public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.

TDSHS offices in Eagle Pass is located at 1593 Veterans Boulevard and their phone number is (830) 758- 4253.

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