Written by Staff
Aug. 16, 2013
Note: This news release has been updated to reflect two additional cases confirmed on Aug. 16.
Citing six confirmed measles cases in the last month and 11 cases for the year, the Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a health alert and is urging immunization against this highly contagious illness.
State health officials are asking health care providers to be on alert for potential exposures and patients with measles symptoms, particularly in the North Texas area. The six most recently confirmed cases are from Tarrant County. Other Texas counties with cases this year include Dallas (2), Denton (2) and Harris (1).
There were no measles cases reported in 2012 and six cases in 2011.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune or vaccinated will also become infected with the measles virus.
State health officials urge immunization to protect against and prevent the spread of measles. People should check their immunization status with their health care provider.
The incubation period of measles is about two weeks from exposure to onset of rash. People are contagious from four days before onset of rash to four days after the appearance of rash. The rash usually begins on the face and spreads to the trunk. Other symptoms include fever (higher than 101 degrees), cough, runny nose and sore eyes.
Doctors should consider measles in their diagnosis if they have a patient with a rash and fever. If measles is suspected, they should report the patient to their local health department as soon as possible. People who have measles or are suspected of having measles should seek medical attention and otherwise stay home until four days after the rash appeared.
Vaccination even shortly before or after exposure may prevent the disease or lessen the symptoms in people who are infected with measles. Immune globulin given up to six days after exposure may prevent disease among susceptible or unvaccinated people at high risk for complications, such as pregnant women, people with weak immune systems and children too young to be vaccinated.
The health alert, including vaccination recommendations, is available at: HYPERLINK "http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=8589979770" \o "www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20130816-MHA.pdf" www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20130816-MHA.pdf
Source: Texas Department of State Health Services
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:25
Written by Elaine Paniszczyn
NASA’s exhibit landed at Irving Public Library Aug. 1 and will remain parked through Wed., Aug. 28. The exhibit called Here. There. Everywhere includes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) events and hands-on opportunities for students. Irving is the only city in Texas chosen to host the exhibit which is traveling throughout the United States.
“The exhibit is a series of panels that walks through the everyday phenomena that we experience every day whether it’s light and shadow or the air moving,” said Benjamin Toon, Communications Supervisor at Irving Public Library. “It is designed for Kindergarten through 12th graders. The exhibit is bilingual – English and Spanish.
“The idea is that the same kinds of phenomena here on Earth or here locally also happen in outer space – they’re universal,” Toon said. “The theme is Here (around us), There (on the other side of the planet), and Everywhere (across the galaxies in the universe), whether it’s gravity, shadow, light, particles, or wind.”
The exhibit was created by NASA and the Chandra Research Center.
“It started touring the United States (last year), and we are the only Texas site that has it during the whole time it will be going on,” Toon said. “We were lucky that we got it.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:23
Written by Elaine Paniszczyn
Astrophysicist Steve Hawley PhD said when he was a kid, he dreamed of becoming an astronaut. He did, flying into outer space five times on Space Shuttle missions. He helped launch the Hubble Space Telescope and on a later mission, he helped repair the Hubble. He was also on the mission that launched the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
At Irving Central Library, Hawley talked about his career, advances in telescopes, in space exploration in the United States, and inspiring today’s youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Hawley said his career as an astronaut still feels like a dream and that every day he feels like somebody should pinch him to wake him up. He said that when he was a kid, it was not realistic for him to dream of becoming an astronaut.
“When I was a kid, all the astronauts were military test pilots,” Hawley said. “I didn’t see that there would be an opportunity for me to do that, although because I was interested in it and interested in space, I got a degree and PhD in – astrophysics. Luckily, when the space shuttle came along, they opened up the astronaut position to not only the traditional military test pilots but to scientists and engineers as well. For me, I had prepared well because I had dreamed of it as a kid, but the opportunity was being in the right place at the right time.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:22
Written by Colleen Ahern
New teachers were given a warm welcome at the 58th annual Irving ISD Back to School Luncheon at Irving High School on Friday, August 16. According to President of IISD Board of Trustees, Dr. Steven Jones, the teachers were chosen from 7,200 applicants to Irving ISD. A number of guests, including Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Farris; Senior Vice President of Michael’s Stores, Michel Veintenheimer; and one of Irving ISD’s own teachers, Devin Melancon addressed the new teachers.
“Our one and only daughter is a senior at Irving High School. So no pressure over there,” joked Mayor Pro Tem, Gerald Farris, looking toward the table of Irving High School’s new recruits. Mr. Farris stressed Irving’s commitment to great education. That commitment has taken the form of city-wide programs like the Irving Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) which provides at-risk kids with sports programs and positive role models. “Irving is known as a great place to live, work, and play, but my hope is that it is seen as a great place to teach as well,” he said. “Thank you for making education excellent in Irving.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:21
Written by Sissy Courtney
Pulling on their clothes as they ran out their front door, neighbors spilled into their yards and ran to the street hardly believing their eyes. They had just been blasted out of bed by about 200 Coppell High School (CHS) band members rocking out with their renditions of Land of a Thousand Dances and Hey Baby (will you be my gal?).
Band members stood in front of Ken and Linda Chmiel’s home on Woodmoor Drive just east of New Tech High School. It was the band’s first stop on their First Annual March-a-Thon, a budding band tradition and fundraiser. Lawn and personal concerts could be arranged by request, and that is what Ken did as a surprise for his wife.
“He did it for me, so I was crying,” Linda said.
She said it brought back memories of their son Clayton, who was in the CHS band. Their son is grown and in his third year of teaching in California.
“We always remember Clayton in the stands in the football stadium, and they’d be playing, and they’d be rocking out,” Linda said.
“Julia Carroll, who’s in the band, watched our dog while we were on vacation last week,” Linda said. “In lieu of payment, she said write the check to the band. Then Ken went up this morning to order the songs, so we are like super band boosters today.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 00:21
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