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When It Came To Ebola, Control Eluded Texas Leaders

Oct 22, 2014
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When the Ebola virus first arrived in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry greeted the grave news with trademark swagger.

“There is no place in the world, I will suggest to you, that has better professionals, better ability to address this, than in Texas,” he said at a hastily called press conference, one day after Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan tested positive for Ebola while in isolation at a Dallas hospital.

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With public school starting in a little more than two weeks, county health departments are seeing more and more families packing their clinics to get kids’ shots.

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A long line formed outside the Dallas County Health and Human Services building on Friday. Most were parents waiting to get their child immunized before the first day of school on Monday.

Schools require that students be up to date on all of their required shots, but the recent outbreak of measles in North Texas may also have prompted some parents to take immunization more seriously.

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Dallas County Health officials are investigating a suspected case of tuberculosis at Thomas Edison Middle Learning Center.  County Health director Zach Thompson says a hospital notified officials of the suspected case in a student.

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Dallas County Commissioners are rejecting a call from the local medical society for immediate aerial spraying for mosquitoes as the number of West Nile cases climbs. 

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A second West Nile virus death is reported in Dallas County.