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Landers: Infections, hospital and otherwise, bug Texas

December 22, 2014
by Jim Landers
Dallas Morning News

The other report, from the Trust for America’s Health, concerned outbreaks of infectious disease. It scored Texas above the national norm for its overall preparedness for outbreaks. Texas looked good on health budgets, childhood vaccinations, emergency preparedness, HIV/AIDS reporting and food safety.

But the report faulted the state for not planning for the health consequences of climate change. Warmer temperatures bring heat-wave illnesses and death and also enable disease-carrying mosquitoes to flourish.

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