Disease information

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Garland Public Health is closely monitoring this dynamic situation and working closely with regional partners, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) preparing a response that protects the public.

There have been zero confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Texas. The CDC continues to closely monitor the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan, China. Residents of Garland are at low risk of becoming infected with this novel coronavirus, unless they have recently traveled to Wuhan or have come in close contact with someone who was ill who recently traveled in that area.

There is no recommendation to wear masks or cancel your activities at this time. The best way to protect your health is by practicing preventive measures such has consistent handwashing and getting a flu shot to help prevent illness and symptoms similar to the novel coronavirus.

Stay up to date with the novel coronavirus by visiting: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html and https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

Guidance for Travelers
If you have recently traveled to China and develop a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, please do the following immediately:

  • Seek medical care right away; call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you were in China. Print out and give them this card (简体中文).
  • After you have been seen by a medical provider, stay home and avoid contact with others until you are well.
  • Wear a mask if you need to leave your home when sick.
  • Avoid travel on public transportation (such as bus, subway, train or airplane) until the illness resolves.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

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pUBLIC health notice

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 21, 2019, 159* people from 10 states (CA, CO, CT, GA, IL, NJ, NY, OR, TX, and WA) have been reported as having measles. Five outbreaks (defined as three or more linked cases) have been reported, in Rockland County, New York; Monroe County, New York; New York City; Washington; Texas; and Illinois. Of these outbreaks, two outbreaks are ongoing from 2018. CDC urges everyone to ensure that they are up to date on MMR vaccine, including before international travel.

Am I protected against measles? 
CDC considers you protected from measles if you have written documentation (records) showing at least one of the following:
You received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)—

  • School-aged child (grades K-12)    
  • adult who will be in a setting that poses a high risk for measles transmission, including students at post-high school education institutions, healthcare personnel, and international travelers.

You received one dose of measles-containing vaccine, and you are a(n)—

  • preschool-aged child    
  • adult who will not be in a high-risk setting for measles transmission.
  • A laboratory confirmed that you had measles at some point in your life.
  • A laboratory confirmed that you are immune to measles.
  • You were born before 1957.

How effective is the measles vaccines?The measles vaccine is very effective. One dose of measles vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus. Two doses are about 97% effective.
I think I have measles. What should I do?
Immediately call your doctor and let him or her know about your symptoms you are having. Your doctor can

  • determine if you are immune to measles based on your vaccination record or if you had measles in the past, and
  • make special arrangements to evaluate you, if needed, without putting other patients and medical office staff at risk.

 For any questions or information,  contact Garland Public Health Clinic 972-205-3370.

Flu-Related Death

April 9, 2019 - The Garland Public Health Department is reporting a second flu-related death for the 2018-19 season. The patient was a 59-year-old Garland resident with underlying health conditions. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, the Garland Health Department does not provide additional identifying information.

Flu vaccines are still available at the Garland Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver St. in Garland. Clinic hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 972-205-3370.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all persons aged six months and older, with rare exceptions. Individuals should discuss flu vaccine concerns with a health care provider.

Several simple things can help prevent the spread of seasonal influenza:

  • Consider protecting yourself with a flu vaccination
  • Cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your sleeve
  • Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face
  • Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or appear ill
  • Stay home if you are sick or keep family members home if they are sick