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Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Health officials confirm first Zika virus case in Hays County

The Hays County Local Health Department has received confirmation from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a local, travel-associated case of Zika virus infection in Hays County.

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Number of local West Nile cases climbs to seven

Local health officials have confirmed two cases of West Nile Fever, bringing to seven the total number of people in Hays County who are known to have fallen ill this summer with the mosquito-borne virus.

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Officials warn against West Nile virus as two locals infected

Hays County physicians have recorded two local known cases of a neurological disease caused by the West Nile virus this summer.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Drought may be causing rabies spike in Central Texas

The drought is not only scorching lawns and sparking wildfires across Texas. The number of animal rabies cases — particularly among skunks — has more than doubled since this time in 2010 in the Central Texas region.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

San Marcos sees climb in suicides for May, June

Five people in San Marcos took their own lives in May and June, four other people were known by San Marcos police to have tried it in the last two months and another case of a man...

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Food program takes aim at obesity

Coming soon to a restaurant near you: an innovative new program at Texas State that seeks to educate the palates of children and re-educate adults on the values of fresh produce in an attempt to alleviate obesity.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Ambitious program to combat obesity in San Marcos

The obesity crisis in the United State is a growing problem that's defied efforts to control Americans' growing waistbands, but an innovative initiative from the Nutrition and Foods program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences...

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

City recommends precautions against mosquitos

San Marcos officials, receiving increasing numbers of calls concerning mosquitos, are advising residents to clear up standing water around their homes and prepare themselves against mosquito bites before going outdoors. The city has reported no mosquito-related health...

Friday, January 29th, 2010

County PHD issues whooping cough caution

The Hays County Personal Health Department (PHD) announced Friday that residents of Hays County should take extra precautions to prevent the spread of pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Clerk's office honored by mayor

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz recently honored the city clerk's office for its five-star award from the Texas Department of Health Services.

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