Hidalgo County Honors Physician Participation Month In Fight Against Zika

Three of the Rio Grande Valley’s top physicians were on hand at the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court as the Court passed a proclamation declaring November as Physician Participation Month.

The Proclamation was presented by the Health and Human Services Department, in part, to recognize all Hidalgo County doctors who have been proactive in the fight against Zika and other communicable diseases, said Chief Administrative Officer Eduardo “Eddie” Olivarez.

“The Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department in conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have included the Physician Participation Month as part of this awareness campaign,” Olivarez said.

The campaign will help facilitate communication and education among Hidalgo County residents to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of mosquito control and prevention.

Dr. Carlos Cardenas, president of the Texas Medical Association, was joined by Dr. Linda Villarreal, delegate to the American Medical Association, and Dr. Martin Garza, president of the Hidalgo-Starr Medical Society. The three said they represented all of the local physicians, who have provided more than 10,000 Zika assessments to date this year.

“The disease can be difficult to diagnose, often resembling other infections and noninfectious diseases,” said Olivarez.

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