Public Health Region 11 Zoonosis Control

Zoonosis: A disease communicable from animals to humans under natural conditions.

Vision Statement

The mission of the Zoonosis Control Program of the Texas Department of State Health Services is to promote public health through the 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 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 Public Health 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.

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Program Contacts

Ronald Tyler, Zoonosis Control Veterinarian 
Vaishnavi Narasimhan, Zoonosis Control Specialist
Letty Tamayo, Public Health Prevention Specialist
Phone: 956-444-3212
Fax: 956-444-3216