The winter Public Health Informer newsletter talks about measles, winter weather tips, pet preparedness, and information on Enable Fort Bend.
Measles activity has spiked in our neighboring counties. As of today, no confirmed cases of measles have been reported to the health department, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services. Individuals should protect themselves through vaccination. Vaccination is best way to provide protection against measles and other diseases.
“Measles is an easily preventable disease. Individuals can protect themselves and their family against the disease by getting vaccinated,” said Dr. Mary desVignes-Kendrick, Director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services. “Measles is a highly contagious disease, and it can spread quickly in communities where people are not vaccinated. Protect yourself, your family, and the community by vaccinating against diseases.”
Measles can be serious, especially for young children and anyone who is not protected against measles. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It starts with a fever, and then it causes a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. Measles can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and death.
You can protect your child against measles with a combination vaccine that provides protection against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). The MMR vaccine is proven to be very safe and effective. CDC recommends that children get two doses:
Your child’s doctor may offer the MMRV vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). MMRV vaccine is licensed for children 12 months through 12 years of age. It may be used in place of MMR vaccine if a child needs to have varicella vaccine in addition to measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines. Your child’s doctor can help you decide which vaccine to use.
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services will continue to monitor the nation, state, and region-wide spike of measles.
For more information on measles, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or speak to your primary health care provider.
This holiday season; keep an eye out for bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses. Practice safe food handling techniques when entertaining during the holiday season to prevent food contamination.
To ensure that holiday foods are not only delicious but also safe, there are four basic steps you should always follow to help reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses:
“Dinner parties and buffets are always very popular around the holidays. Foods that are left out for long periods can be an ideal setting for bacteria to multiply. Remember to take special precautions to keep food safe for your family and friends,” said Dr. M. desVignes-Kendrick, Director of Health & Human Services and Local Health Authority.
Tips for Mail-Order Food Gifts:
If food is sent via a mail-order company, be sure to specify overnight delivery, and request that the company supply a frozen gel-pack or dry ice in the packaging. This will help ensure that the food will arrive at your destination firm and refrigerator cold.
Sources: Fight BAC Campaign, FDA
Starting November 1, 2018, Fort Bend County Animal Services (FBCAS) will be open for adoptions on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm and will close to the public on Mondays.
“We are excited to make this change at the shelter! We hope that the community takes advantage of the new hours and comes by the shelter on Sundays to meet our adoptable pets,” said Rene Vasquez, Director of FBCAS.
New FBCAS Adoption Hours:
FBCAS is located at 1210 Blume Rd. in Rosenberg, TX 77471.
In 2017, Fort Bend County Animal Services (FBCAS) received an assessment from Best Friends Animal Society. One of the recommendations from that assessment was that FBCAS partner with a “Friends of” non-profit organization for the benefit of the shelter. Therefore, we are pleased and proud to announce the creation of Fort Bend PAWS – Pets Are Worth Saving.
Fort Bend PAWS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded by a dedicated group of Fort Bend County citizens with the goal of raising funds and awareness for Fort Bend County Animal Services. Going forward, Fort Bend PAWS will work with the community and donors to support projects both large and small to benefit FBCAS and the pets at the facility that are not covered by the current County budget.
We want to thank the Board of Directors for Fort Bend PAWS for bringing this organization to life:
Vincent Morales, President
Pat Hebert, Treasurer
Elaine Dietz, Secretary
“It has been amazing to come together with Pat and Elaine to create Fort Bend PAWS” says Vincent Morales, President of Fort Bend PAWS. “This 501(c)(3) will strictly benefit Fort Bend County Animal Services and support its goal of reaching no-kill status for their pets. Fort Bend PAWS will also help to reduce the burden on Fort Bend County taxpayers without increasing its budget though the generous donations it will receive from our animal loving community.”
“This is an incredibly exciting time for all of us at FBCAS and Fort Bend PAWS. We hope that you will all support this partnership as wholeheartedly as you do our shelter so that we can continue to move in a positive direction for the pets at FBCAS and people in Fort Bend County.” said Rene Vasquez, Director, Fort Bend County Animal Services and non-voting Board Member of Fort Bend PAWS. “Through this non-profit organization we hope that we will be able to offset some of our budget to continue to provide the best in care for our pets.”
If you have any questions, please contact Fort Bend PAWS at FortBendPAWS@gmail.com.