Zoonosis: a disease communicable from animals to humans under natural conditions
The mission of the Zoonosis Control Program of the Texas Department of State Health Services is to promote public health through prevention and control of diseases transmissible from animal to man (zoonoses). To achieve its purpose, the Zoonosis Control Program investigates reported occurrences of zoonotic diseases in the state, collects biological samples for surveillance, presents educational programs dealing with zoonosis prevention, provides training courses for Animal Control Officers and regulates all animal control facilities where rabies suspects are observed. All of these activities interact to reduce the occurrence of zoonotic disease in humans by eliminating reservoirs and vectors when possible, and by identifying disease threats and teaching people to avoid circumstances where they might become exposed to zoonotic diseases. In Health Service Region 11, the Zoonosis Control Program is actively involved in the surveillance, investigation and control of cases of Rabies, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Murine Typhus, Arboviral Encephalitis, Brucellosis, Dengue, Q-fever, Psittacosis, Plague, Lyme disease, Hantavirus, animal bites and other zoonoses.
DSHS Zoonosis Control Branch
CDC Updated Information Mosquito Repellents May 08 - (37KB PDF)
Stephanie Johnston - Zoonosis Control Specialist
Letty Tamayo - Public Health Prevention Specialist
Phone: (956) 444-3212
Fax: (956) 444-3216