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Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

A Bexar County woman is the first pregnant woman in Texas who acquired the Zika virus without traveling outside the state.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says the expectant mother traveled to Brownsville in November.

That’s right around the time six Brownsville residents were diagnosed with Zika from local mosquitoes.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

First, it was urgent care clinics popping up all over San Antonio. Now, the growing demand for convenient, fast access to more serious care has sparked a boom in the construction of emergency centers. San Antonio is already home to 15 independent emergency departments (ones that are not affiliated with a hospital) and more are being built.

This is the story of one woman’s experience, and information you should know before using a freestanding emergency room.

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

A San Antonio scientist has been awarded a huge federal grant to continue his work on fighting malaria.

Timothy Anderson, Ph.D., of Texas Biomedical Research Institute received a five-year, four-point-six million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health.


Evestra, Inc.

A subsidiary of a San Antonio drug development company, Evestra, Inc., has won a major grant to finance the development of a drug to treat endometriosis.

The European Union Regional Development Fund awarded Evestra Onkoligia Sp. in Poland $4.6 million dollars.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

With all of the talk about Obamacare being repealed, some people don’t realize it’s still the law. And there’s an important deadline coming up. Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2017 ends in eight days, the last day of January.

ACA navigators who helped people sign up for coverage are trying to dispel rumors. In San Antonio, more people are signing up for the ACA than ever before.