Health Department Seeing Increase in Shigellosis Cases

The City of Lubbock Health Department continues to see an increase in shigellosis cases. Between September and October 2019, 21 cases of shigellosis have been reported. During the same time period in 2018 no cases were reported and three total for the year. Shigella is the bacterium that causes shigellosis, a diarrheal illness that lasts from 4-7 days. Fever, vomiting and stomach cramps may also be present. Once a person is exposed, symptoms usually develop within 1-3 days. Shigella is spread person-to-person through the unwashed hands of an infected person. This can happen by direct contact, or by food or drink handled by the infected person. Although shigellosis is easily spread, it can al

First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Lubbock

The City of Lubbock Health Department has confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a resident of Lubbock for 2019. WNV is a disease of birds. Humans are exposed to the virus when they are bitten by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds. The infected mosquitoes become the link (vector) that spreads the disease from birds to humans through a mosquito bite. WNV cannot be spread person-to-person. Symptoms of West Nile fever include headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue. People with West Nile fever typically recover on their own. There is a more serious form of the illness, West Nile encephalitis, which may have additional symptoms of neck stiffness, stupor

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT FOR DACA 'HOME IS HERE' KICKS OFF OCTOBER 2

Los Angeles, CA - Mi Familia Vota, one of the largest immigrant defenders in California, in collaboration with national, state, and local organizations throughout the United States, kicks off a national effort to defend DACA, urge DACA recipients to renew their work permits, and urge Congress to protect immigrant families. The "Rise Up for DACA - Home Is Here" campaign is a coordinated effort to stop President Trump from ending a powerful, effective, and constitutional program that has protected more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. when they were children from deportation. Mi Familia Vota and local partners will hold a rally and press conference at 4 p.m. Wednesday

NIIC 2019 Promises Strong Stand Against Policies Negatively Impacting Immigrants and Refugees

DETROIT – As the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) gears up for the 12th Annual "New American Dreams" National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC2019) Oct 20-22, the stakes could not be higher for those working on the front lines of immigrant and refugee issues. Last week, the Trump administration announced it would massively cut the level of refugees admitted into the country to 18,000 per year – levels not seen in decades. The announcement is causing grave concern among immigrant and refugee advocates at a time when 65.6 million individuals have been forcibly displaced worldwide because of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations, according to the United

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