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Health officials are investigating the second suspected case of the coronavirus in Texas.
Felix Mizioznikov |

Health officials are investigating whether a Baylor University student has the second suspected case in Texas of a deadly coronavirus that killed at least 25 people overseas and caused the lockdown of a city in China.

Officials Testing Texas A&M Student For Possible Coronavirus Infection

Jan 23, 2020
A map showing where cases of coronavirus have been confirmed.
Courtesy of CDC

A student at Texas A&M University is being tested for possible infection with the new coronavirus, officials at the Brazos County Health District said Thursday.

A child’s eyes, which exhibited cloudy regions within the pupils that represented cataracts of the lenses, determined to be due to a case of congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), caused when the rubella virus affected the child in utero.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A confirmed case of rubella in Austin should serve as an alert to pregnant women, particularly unvaccinated pregnant women.

Officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services is warning people not to buy cosmetics from outside of the U.S.

A Texas woman spent 10 days in the hospital after using a face cream she bought in Mexico. The cream was a mixture of a brand-name product and a large amount of mercury. 

CDC | Robert Denty

This flu season has turned out to be a tough one for children. There have been twice as many pediatric flu deaths so far this season than at the same time last year. Eight of those have been in Texas

An advocate for survivors of family violence praised a partnership between the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the San Antonio Police Department to give high tech doorbells to people at risk of being attacked.

Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

A choir concert at a San Antonio senior living community brings holiday cheer to the audience, but for the singers, performing is a comfort and a joy.

A San Antonio researcher says a study he worked on may change the way one type of tuberculosis is treated, and that may lead to a decrease in drug resistance.

Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

A clinic that offers mental health care and treatment for substance use disorders on San Antonio’s West Side — for free — marks a year of serving the community with an official grand opening.

Frederick Murphy / CDC | Erskine. L. Palmer, Ph.D.; M. L. Martin

Bexar County has reported the first death of a child from influenza this flu season. Metro Health has confirmed the child died during the last week of November.