To date there are no reported cases of 2019 novel coronavirus, neither confirmed nor suspected, in Brazoria County. The health department is participating on calls with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services to stay informed on the ongoing outbreak. Healthcare providers should immediately notify Brazoria County Health Department if they suspect a person has been infected with the novel coronavirus.
Report suspected cases at 979-864-2168 or
after hours, 800-511-1632.
Brazoria County Public Health is prepared to respond to a High Consequence Infectious Disease, such as the novel coronavirus. Brazoria County Public Health’s response includes:
· Expanding surveillance activities (Including contact investigations and continued monitoring of any suspected or confirmed cases)
· Notifying hospitals and healthcare facilities of control measures if a case is suspected
· Obtaining additional guidance from state and federal authorities
· Coordinating transport and care with hospitals and SETRAC
If a citizen has traveled to China in the past 14 days and has symptoms of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, they should seek out medical care. Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms so that the healthcare workers can be prepared with the appropriate protective equipment.
For more information, please see the CDC’s website here (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).
Vaping outbreak info
Brazoria County has 10 cases of lung injuries associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. These cases have come from Pearland, Alvin, Angleton, West Columbia, Lake Jackson, Richwood, and Freeport, ranging in age from 17 to 39.
CDC reports over 2,000 cases of lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products across 49 states, and over 30 deaths have been confirmed in 24 states.
All patients have reported using e-cigarette, or vaping, products. According to the CDC, the latest findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak. However, no single compound or ingredient has been found to be the cause of these illnesses.
Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as:
These symptoms could develop over a few days or even several weeks. If you have used e-cigarette, or vaping, products within the last few months and start experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical care promptly.
Since a specific compound or ingredient has not yet been found to be causing these lung injuries, refrain from use of all e-cigarette, or vaping, products, especially those containing THC. Never buy e-cigarette, or vaping, products off the street, particularly those containing THC, and never modify or add substances to e-cigarette, or vaping, products that are not intended by the manufacturer. E-cigarette, or vaping, products should never be used by youths, young adults, or women who are pregnant. Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette, or vaping, products. If you are an adult using e-cigarettes, or vaping, products to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes; consider utilizing FDA approved nicotine replacement therapies.
If you continue to use e-cigarette, or vaping, products, carefully monitor yourself for symptoms (as listed above), and see a healthcare provider immediately if symptoms develop.
For more information and recommendations, please visit the CDC website or click here. To report cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, please contact the Brazoria County Health Department.
Through planning, preparedness, and surveillance
Brazoria County Health Department
will promote, ensure and improve
the health and well being of its residents.
Local Health Authority: Anthony S. Rogers, MD
Director of Public Health Services:
Cathy Sbrusch, RN, BSN, CIC
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The Brazoria County Health Department Angleton office has a new address:
434 E. Mulberry, Angleton, Texas 77515
and our fax number has changed to 979-864-3955.