h1n1 http://kut.org en Child is Season's 9th Travis County Flu Death http://kut.org/post/child-seasons-9th-travis-county-flu-death <p><a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/first-influenza-pediatric-death-austintravis-county">Nine deaths</a> from influenza in Travis County this flu season represent just one measure of how severe the season has been.</p><p>Dr. Phil Huang, Medical Director of the <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/health">Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department</a>, notes that cases started showing up earlier in the season, toward the end of 2013, and that patients under the age of 60 were among the most severely affected.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Definitely what we're seeing is worse than </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">what we've seen in some past seasons," Dr. Huang said, "and also the population that's being affected with some of the more severe illness is a younger </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">population than what we were seeing."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:11:00 +0000 Trey Shaar 9563 at http://kut.org Child is Season's 9th Travis County Flu Death Texas Warned Against Cutting Bioterror And Pandemic Response Capacity http://kut.org/post/texas-warned-against-cutting-bioterror-and-pandemic-response-capacity <p>Texas scored 7 out of 10 in public health emergency readiness, according to a new report issued today by the<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/texas-warned-against-cutting-bioterror-and-pandemic-response-capacity"> Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</a> and <a href="http://healthyamericans.org/">Trust For America's Health</a>. The study lauds Texas for improving health spending over the past couple years, but warns that the state's looming budget shortfall could reduce our ability to deal with epidemics and bioterrorism.</p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:15:59 +0000 Nathan Bernier 461 at http://kut.org Texas Warned Against Cutting Bioterror And Pandemic Response Capacity