El PASO, Texas – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is currently investigating a possible Tuberculosis (TB) exposure involving approximately 150 students in the Ysleta Independent School District. The Department will be sending letters to the parents informing them that their child(ren) may have had close contact with someone with active TB. As a precaution, the Department of Public Health is recommending that these individuals be screened for TB through a blood draw that will be tested at the Department of Public Health laboratory in El Paso.
Approximately 150 Students in the Ysleta Independent School District Possibly Exposed to TB
Flu Vaccines for Eligible Children Offered Free of Charge During National Influenza Vaccination Week11/30/2017
EL PASO, Texas – In observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Department of Public Health will waive the administration fee for children’s flu vaccines on Wednesday, December 6. Qualifying children may receive the flu vaccine free of charge at the Immunization Program Health Centers located at the Ysleta Center, 110 Candelaria Road, and the Henderson Center, 721 South Mesa. Both centers are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
World AIDS Day Events Planned11/28/2017
EL PASO, Texas – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health will commemorate World AIDS Day with two community events on December 1. The HIV Prevention Program will offer free confidential HIV testing from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the HIV Prevention Program located at 701 Montana.
2-1-1 Texas Celebrates Information and Referral Day11/16/2017
El PASO, Texas – Every day thousands of people find the help they need quickly, conveniently and free of charge because of Information and Referral (I&R) services. To recognize the importance of I&R in our community, 2-1-1 Texas Rio Grande Area Information Center is taking part in I&R Day on November 16.
New Confirmed Case of West Nile Brings Total to 1410/26/2017
El PASO, Texas – The Department of Public Health announced today a new confirmed case of West Nile Virus. The patient is a woman in her late 40’s who resides in Far East El Paso. This brings the total number of local cases to 14 so far this season.
Mosquitoes infected with St Louis Encephalitis identified in El Paso County10/17/2017
EL PASO, Texas – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is reminding residents that the mosquito season is not over, and while the prevention of West Nile and the Zika Virus is still stressed, another potentially dangerous, mosquito-borne virus has been identified locally. Workers with the Environmental Services Department (ESD) have found mosquitos in the Mission Valley area that have tested positive for Saint Louis Encephalitis. The virus is most common in eastern and central states; however, positive mosquito pools have been identified in El Paso in recent years. The disease, which is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito, does not usually result in noticeable illness but severe cases can lead to inflammation of the brain. Initial symptoms of those who become ill include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and tiredness. Severe presentation of the disease, including coma, convulsions or paralysis, occurs more commonly in older adults.
Department Celebrates National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day
City Provides More After Hour Services9/28/2017
The Department of Public Health’s Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Program works tirelessly all year to provide nutrition education, nutritious foods, referrals to health and human services and breastfeeding support to El Paso/Hudspeth communities.
Two New West Nile Virus Cases Brings Total to 139/21/2017
El PASO, Texas – Two new confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in two El Paso men brings the total number of cases in El Paso to 13 so far this season. The new cases involve a man in his 70’s who lives in the Mission Valley and a man in his early 60’s who lives on the city’s eastside. Both have reported underlying medical conditions. Health officials credit local health care providers for properly identifying cases and following through with reporting this notifiable disease.
HIV Program Bridges Gaps with Health Fair9/20/2017
El PASO, Texas – The City of El Paso Department of Public Health HIV Prevention Community Mobilization Program invites the public to a health fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, at the Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center located on 901 N. Virginia.