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Texas Women and Doctors Nervously Await Zika

Aedes aegypti mosquito
Aedes aegypti mosquito

While there have not yet been any known cases spread by mosquitoes in Texas, experts say Zika will likely come to the Gulf Coast soon. Uncertainty over where and when the virus might spread has left Texas women and doctors with questions about how best to prepare — questions as personal as whether women should delay pregnancy.

Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.
Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.

Analysis: What the Numbers in the Texas Budget Really Mean

Numbers can give you a full accounting of something without telling you what’s really going on, like when lawmakers talk about trimming budgets and saving money while diverting attention from whatever fell on the cutting room floor.

Nicholas Nunez, 4, sits with his mother, Elizabeth Trejo, while he receives his shots at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth on August 30, 2013.
Nicholas Nunez, 4, sits with his mother, Elizabeth Trejo, while he receives his shots at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth on August 30, 2013.

PAC Mobilizes to Defend Vaccine Exemptions in Texas

A new political action committee has made its mission to guard parents’ rights to opt out of immunization requirements — whether that means targeting legislators who seek to close non-medical exemptions or pushing for policies that otherwise protect parents who choose not to vaccinate.

An Acadian Flycatcher with larval neotropical ticks around its eyes.
An Acadian Flycatcher with larval neotropical ticks around its eyes.

Songbirds Bring Exotic Strain of Ticks to Texas

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In her disease ecology lab in College Station, Sarah Hamer is studying how an exotic tick from Central and South America made its way to Texas and whether it has the potential to transport tick-borne diseases.