Infectious disease of public health significance among children and adolescents in Texas.

J. R. Starke*, T. Q. Tan, M. R. Chacko, T. G. Cleary, K. K. Connelly, M. W. Kline

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Abstract

In the past decade, many infectious diseases in children that were perceived to have been almost eliminated have returned with a vengeance in Texas. Across the state, vaccination rates are exceptionally low, and outbreaks of measles, mumps, and pertussis have been identified. Tuberculosis cases in children increased 77%, and cases of congenital syphilis increased 578% between 1987 and 1991. The new epidemic of HIV infection has placed additional strain on an already overburdened, inadequate public health system in Texas. This article identifies some of the major infections of public health significance among the children of Texas. A common theme for most of these problems is that they are preventable diseases that are not being prevented. Many children in Texas will suffer now and in the future if these public health problems remain ignored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
JournalTexas medicine
Volume90
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1994

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