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The Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response is comprised of experts and professionals from highly respected Texas institutions. The task force exists to provide critical information and recommendations regarding the risks of infectious diseases to Texas citizens.

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Understanding proper procedure and best practices can make all the difference in a variety of medical scenarios. To help protect you and the health of those around you, TexasIDR provides free training materials and courses for medical professionals.

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A statewide work group of health professionals that will gather, review, and post educational resources for multiple audiences on preparedness and response to emerging and important infectious diseases, such as Ebola.

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Zika Virus Information

Stay up-to-date on the Zika Virus (ZIKV) by checking the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

First Chikungunya Case Acquired in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the first locally acquired case of chikungunya, a mosquito borne illness. Read More.

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To help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, check out the informative and instructional courses available through TexasIDR.

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Featured Courses

Donning and Doffing of Personal Protective Equipment
To protect yourself and limit the spread of contamination, it is critical that you learn and follow the proper procedure and precautions for donning and doffing your PPE garments. These short courses cover the various precaution scenarios: standard, contact, airborne, and droplet.
   1h 14m
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Top Stories
Yellow fever – Brazil
From 1 December 2016 to 22 February 2017, a total of 1336 cases of yellow fever infection (292 confirmed, 920 suspected, and 124 discarded), including 215 deaths (101 confirmed, 109 suspected, 5 discarded), have been detected in six states (Bahia, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Norte, São Paulo, and Tocantins). The estimated case fatality rate is 35% for confirmed cases and 12% for suspected cases. To date, the majority (86%) of the confirmed cases are men and of which, approximately 81% are aged between 21 and 60 years.
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Meningococcal disease – Togo
Since 1 January 2017, 201 suspected cases of meningitis with 17 deaths were reported by 19 health districts. In week 2, the district of Akebou which is part of the Plateau Region issued an alert after four cases of meningitis were reported. In week 4, the epidemic threshold was reached with nine cases and an attack rate of 12.4 per 100 000 inhabitants. From 2 January to 12 February 2017, 48 suspected meningitis cases with three deaths were reported (case fatality rate of 6.3%). Of these, 14 specimens were confirmed as Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W by PCR.
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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
On 4 February 2017, Taipei Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported one laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. This is the fifth human case with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus reported from Taipei CDC.
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