News & Alerts

Stay up to date on news and health issues that impact Texas. Our news releases, news updates, health alerts, and health advisories keep you in the know about public health in Texas.

News & Alerts

Stay up to date on news and health issues that impact Texas. Our news releases, news updates, health alerts, and health advisories keep you in the know about public health in Texas.

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News Release
News Release
January 5, 2023

DSHS Launches Wildlife Vaccine Bait Airdrop on Texas Border to Combat Rabies

The Texas Department of State Health Services renews its fight next week against domestic dog/coyote and Texas gray fox rabies virus variants with the launch of the 29th Oral Rabies Vaccination Program vaccine bait airdrop. Flights begin Tuesday, Jan...

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News Updates
December 28, 2022

News Update: TX 1 Oyster Recall

DSHS is reopening the TX 1 shellfish area to harvesting. Extensive bacteriological water sampling in the area after this month’s oyster recall shows that water quality meets National Shellfish Sanitation Program guidelines. Shoreline surveys found no...

News Release
News Release
December 9, 2022

DSHS Recalls Oysters Harvested in Area of Southeastern Galveston Bay

The Texas Department of State Health Services has ordered a recall of all oysters harvested in the TX 1 area of southeastern Galveston Bay after reports of a few dozen cases of gastrointestinal illness among people who ate oysters from those waters...

News Release
News Release
December 2, 2022

DSHS Announces 2022 Emergency Medical Services Award Winners

The Texas Department of State Health Services EMS-Trauma Systems Program presented its annual emergency medical services awards on Nov. 22, 2022 at the Texas EMS Conference in Austin. Each of the award categories honors a person or organization that...

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News Updates
December 1, 2022

News Update: COVID-19

The Texas Department of State Health Services tracks COVID-19 cases, testing, hospitalizations, vaccine allocations and uptake, and more. Effective Dec. 1, 2022, the Texas COVID-19 dashboard will be updated weekly on Wednesdays. In the event of a...

News Release
News Release
November 14, 2022

DSHS Encourages Flu Vaccination Ahead of Thanksgiving

Public Health flu monitoring indicates the Texas flu season kicked off a few weeks earlier than usual this year. That’s why the Texas Department of State Health Services encourages Texans to get vaccinated now to protect themselves and their families...

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News Updates
October 31, 2022

News Update: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

MIS-C is a rare but serious complication associated with COVID-19. DSHS has launched a new multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) data webpage, replacing the MIS-C count table previously located on this page. You can view the data page...

News Release
News Release
October 3, 2022

Public Health Officials Encourage Texans To Get Their Flu Vaccination Now

Influenza season is under way, and the Texas Department of State Health Services recommends eligible Texans get vaccinated now to protect themselves from the flu. Because it takes about two weeks for the body to make flu antibodies after vaccine...

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News Release
September 21, 2022

Scholarships for EMS Education and Training Available from DSHS

The Texas Department of State Health Services is providing Emergency Medical Service scholarships to help interested Texans complete education and training to begin careers in the EMS field. The Texas Legislature provided $21 million to fund the...

Health Advisory
Health Advisory
September 20, 2022

HEALTH ADVISORY: Multi-Colored or Rainbow Fentanyl

Colorful versions of fentanyl (“multi-colored” or “rainbow” fentanyl) have recently appeared in the illicit drug market. Law enforcement agencies, including the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), have issued alerts after recent...

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