Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago. But in recent years, the highly infectious disease has cropped up in communities with low vaccination rates, most recently in North Texas.
There, 21 people — the majority of whom have not been immunized — have gotten the disease, which began at a vaccine-skeptical megachurch.
The outbreak began when a man who contracted the virus on a recent trip to Indonesia visited the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, about an hour and a half northwest of Dallas.
Texas Matters: The United States is ranked next to Iran and Hungary in maternal death rate worldwide, a surprising position for a country proud of its modern medicine. So what is causing this and what can be done to make birth safer for women and babies? Also on this show: Fast-food workers protest for increased wages and an Austin couple is appealing the ruling in their "satanic ritual" case.
Health experts say food and beverage marketers are aiming their advertising at Latino children, and too much of that advertising is trying to get kids to buy junk food.
Advertisers are doing little to dispute the fact that they are marketing to Latino kids. They justify the strategy with numbers that show the market segment is growing in population size, media exposure and spending power.
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has initiated a campaign to re-educate the population about syphilis as the city has seen an increase in the number of congenital syphilis cases over the past couple of years.
Metro Health said San Antonio is number two in the state in the number of syphilis cases per capita. Last year in Bexar County 18 babies were born with syphilis and the department said that number should be zero.
"I've not heard you mention the turf because that is what it was about, the Turf," said our caller named Joe who described himself as of the era of the Ghost Town Gang and others that were the topic of our discussion. From the Olmos pharmacy to the far southside there were small-time gangs all across the San Antonio of the 50s and 60s. Now in their 70s these old men recount, some with bravado, the histories of their neighborhoods and gangs to Mike Tapia, associate professor of Criminology at UTSA. Tapia is conducting interviews, compiling for future generations the history of the barrios.
We look at the city's fitness goals with P.E. teacher and chief, Mayor Julián Castro. With the recent announcements that both San Antonio and the nation as a whole are seeing a drop in obesity rates among different segments of the population, are we more conscious of our health?
The number of people in Texas infected with the Cyclospora parasite from a recent outbreak has nearly doubled in the last week. The state is trying to locate a common source, as other states believe they have pinpointed the cause to lettuce.
122 people have contracted cyclospora since the outbreak began two weeks ago. Cyclospora is a parasite that can cause symptoms similar to gastrointestinal illness like diarrhea and cramps that can last for weeks.
Texas is seeing an increase in the number of people who have come in contact with the cyclospora parasite this year, as the FDA and CDC investigate a multi-state outbreak.
Within the past two weeks, 66 people in Texas have the cyclospora parasite. It’s literally a stomach bug that has symptoms similar to to gastrointestinal illness like cramps associated with diarrhea. Christine Mann, a spokesperson for the Department of State Health Services, said the number of infections is greater than most years.