Public Health Region 6-5 South Zoonosis Control

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Dawn Blackburn, BVMS, MSc, DACVPM
Regional Zoonosis Veterinarian

Gary Johnson,  713-767-3301
Jael Miller, 713-767-3303 
Brittany Singletary, 713-767-3300

Mission Statement:

The purpose of the Zoonosis Control program is to promote public health through prevention and control of diseases transmissible from animals to man. We do this through education, surveillance, and disease investigation. The Zoonosis Control program works in liaison with local, federal and other state agencies concerned with zoonotic diseases and One Health. 

Program Overview:

  • Investigate reports of zoonotic disease in Health Service Region 6/5S
  • Provide rabies risk assessments and management of post-exposure biologicals (vaccine and immune-globulin)
  • Sample mosquitoes, ticks, and other organisms for disease surveillance (West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc.)
  • Present educational programs to medical and veterinary personnel, public health departments, universities, schools, hospitals, and the general public on the subject of zoonoses and animal control related subjects
  • Provide rabies control training for Animal Control Officers
  • Inspect animal quarantine facilities
  • Conduct emerging disease investigations (i.e. Hantavirus, Tularemia, West Nile Virus), conduct surveillance and participate in special projects
  • Participate in emergency preparedness and response

Rabies Information:

  Texas Parks and Wildlife |  Bat Control in Schools  |  Harris County Rabies/Animal Control

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Last updated April 14, 2021