From natural disasters to public health emergencies and other crisis situations, the importance of being prepared for an emergency situation cannot be underestimated. Preparing and protecting your family, home and business can be a life-saving and cost-saving decision. Faculty members at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are available to draw on their expertise in emergency preparedness, public health and a host of other disaster preparedness-related issues.
West Nile virus 101 with UTHealth’s Richard Bradley, M.D.
Since West Nile virus first emerged in the United States in 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported more than 30,000 cases. infection of birds and is transmitted when a mosquito bites an infected bird and subsequently bites a human.Continue reading »
Hurricane Ike report identifies hardships endured by Houstonians with disabilities
When Hurricane Ike knocked out the power to Kathleen DeSilva's ventilator at her house in the Heights, a gasoline-powered generator was all that was keeping her alive. And like many Houstonians, her relatives had a hard time finding gas during the two weeks she was without electrical service.Continue reading »
UTHealth researchers say pediatric carbon monoxide poisoning linked to video games after Hurricane Ike
Hours after Hurricane Ike roared ashore in Texas, more than two million homes were without power, which left some scrambling to preserve food and others looking for ways to entertain children, a move that proved to be, in some instances, poisonous. Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) found that 75 percent of children treated for carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gasoline-powered electrical generators were playing video games.Continue reading »