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Zika in Texas Podcast

Texas is on the front lines combating Zika, especially since locally transmitted cases have been identified in the state. Learn how the virus is projected to affect Texas and how health-care professionals can assess, test, and protect vulnerable populations, especially pregnant women and their babies. This podcast offers valuable information and guidance for all Texas health-care professionals who provide direct patient care.

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Zika in Texas

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Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner
Texas Department of State Health Services

Dr. Hellerstedt has served as DSHS commissioner since January 2016. In that role, he coordinates the state’s response to the Zika virus. Dr. Hellerstedt is a long-time Texas pediatrician who has been chief medical officer at the Seton Family of Hospitals and vice president of medical affairs at Dell Children’s Medical Center, both in Austin. He previously served the state as medical director for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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