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The mission of the Department of Infection Control & Healthcare Epidemiology is to establish and maintain a proactive program of surveillance, prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections and occupational exposures to infectious diseases. We utilize policy/procedure, education, communication and epidemiological techniques to promote good outcomes.

Infection Control & Healthcare Epidemiology Contacts

Janak Patel, MD, Director
April McDougal, DO, Associate Director
Carol Jones, Administrative Associate

Phone: (409) 772-3192  |  Fax: (409) 772-2337  |  Pager: (409) 643-3133


What To Do If You Suspect Monkeypox:

  • Isolate the patient from the general population in a negative pressure isolation room, if available.
  • Wear appropriate PPE including gown, gloves and a fit-test approved N95 respirator.  Wear eye protection if medical procedures may lead to splashing or spraying of a patient’s body fluids.
  • Place a surgical mask over the patient’s nose and mouth—if tolerable to the patient—and cover any of the patient’s exposed skin lesions with a sheet or gown.
  • Promptly inform Infection Control & Healthcare Epidemiology at 409-643-3133 (pager) or 409-772-3192 (office).
  • Any EPA registered hospital grade disinfectant may be used to clean surfaces.

 Monkeypox - CDC's Present Specimen Collection/Shipping Recommendations

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information

coronavirusThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.

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Flu Information: UTMB Data (2019-2020 flu season)

UTMB Policy: 01.17 - Prevention and Control of Influenza.pdf

flu-virus Key indicators that track flu activity remain high and, after falling during the first two weeks of the year, increased over the last two weeks. Indicators that track severity (hospitalizations and deaths) are not high at this point in the season. Learn more on the CDC Flu Website.

Click chart to enlarge.3.11 Flu graph 2021

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