State Senator Charles Schwertner of Georgetown, whose district includes Brazos County, visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about his recent appointment to chair the Health and Human Services committee, his appointment to the Finance committee, and supporting Governor Perry’s deployment of Texas National Guard troops to the border.charlesschwertner072114.mp3
The Brazos County Health Department (BCHD) is promoting measles vaccination following a state alert that at 30 Texans were exposed during a softball tournament in Wichita, Kansas during the July 4th weekend.
BCHD Community Health Services Director Julie Anderson says vaccination rates have been falling for a variety of reasons.
While it’s been years since Brazos County has had a measles case, Anderson says the disease is tough on children and even tougher on adults.
Anderson says to go the doctor if you have a cough, running nose, itchy eyes, and/or a rash that spreads from the head to toe.
Anderson says the state alert is to give a heads up to doctors who see patients with these symptoms to take viral cultures that can confirm if it’s measles and if it is to take appropriate action.
Click BELOW for comments from Julie Anderson, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.JulieAnderson071714.mp3
News release courtesy of the Texas Department of State Health Services:
Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a measles health alert after being notified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that more than 30 Texas residents may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease at a Wichita, Kansas, softball event during the July 4th weekend.
At least three recreational softball teams from Texas traveled to Wichita to participate in the informal tournament held at the South Lakes Sports Complex. DSHS is investigating to get additional details about the event and who may have been exposed. DSHS has not yet identified any Texas measles cases associated with the event.
DSHS urges anyone in Texas who attended the event to call the department (512-776-7676) to report the potential exposure.
Anyone with measles symptoms should call their health care provider. Health care providers should be on alert for potential exposures and patients with measles symptoms.
The incubation period of measles is about two weeks from exposure to onset of rash, but may be as short as one week or as long as three weeks. People are contagious from four days before onset of rash to four days after the appearance of rash. The rash usually begins on the face and spreads to the trunk. Other symptoms include fever (higher than 101 degrees), cough, runny nose and sore eyes.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune or vaccinated will also become infected with the measles virus.State health officials urge immunization to protect against and prevent the spread of measles. People should check their immunization status with their healthcare provider.
Last year there were 27 reported measles cases in Texas and none in 2012.
Doctors should consider measles in their diagnosis if they have a patient with a rash and fever. If measles is suspected, they should report the patient to their local health department as soon as possible. People who have measles or are suspected of having measles should seek medical attention and otherwise stay home until four days after the rash appeared. People with measles symptoms should contact the medical provider’s office before arrival to limit spread to other patients.
College Station Council Member Blanche Brick discussed city spending and taxes, development plans, her opinions on Blinn College as a faculty member, and more during an appearance on The Infomaniacs, Friday, July 18.
Click below to hear CS Council Member Blanche Brick’s visit with WTAW”S Scott DeLucia.
Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski discussed more details about the idea of a “super park,” proposed charter amendments, residential development and planning, and more during his regular appearance on The Infomaniacs, Thursday, July 17.
Click below to listen to Mayor Jason Bienski visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.JasonBienski071714.mp3
U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed the latest progress into VA hospital troubles, immigration developments, passage of the $11 billion highway repair bill, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, July 16.
Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.BillFlores071614.mp3
Bart Humphreys with College Station Fire Department discussed Thursday’s fire involving the death of the homeowner and two dogs, his retirement on July 25 after 35 years with the department, plans for Station 7, and more during an appearance on The Infomaniacs, Friday, July 11.
Click below to listen to Bart Humphreys discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.BartHumphreys071114.mp3
Regarding the proposed seventh fire station in College Station, City Manager Kelly Templin says that will NOT be part of proposed bond issue in 2015.
College Station City Manager Kelly Templin discussed Blinn opting to not move forward on the Lynntech/Westinghouse location, current and upcoming budget discussions, taxes from energy production, and more during an appearance on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, July 9.
Click below to listen to City Manager Kelly Templin’s discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.KellyTemplin070914.mp3
U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed the possibility of housing immigrant children at a former Army Reserve base in Bryan, VA whistleblowers, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, July 9.
Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.BillFlores070914.mp3
Bryan City Councilman Art Hughes discussed a proposed charter amendment related to elections for single member districts, Vietnam Memorial financing, reaction to Blinn College voting not to move forward with expansion into the Lynntech building, and more on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, July 2.
Click below to listen to Councilman Art Hughes visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.ArtHughes070214.mp3
U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed the fallout of Monday’s Supreme Court decision for the ACA, regulatory concerns, illegal immigration impact, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, July 2.
Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.BillFlores070214.mp3