<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Health News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Sun, 02 Aug 2015 01:49:18 -0500 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 01:49:18 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Human Case of West Nile Reported in Tarrant County]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:37:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-Cropped.jpg

Tarrant County health officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus for 2015.

The patient, who has contracted the neuroinvasive, or more severe, form of the disease, lives in an unincorporated Southwest Tarrant County near Benbrook.

No further details about the patient have been released, as per usual.

In 2014 TCPH reported it's first human case on Aug. 4 and would eventually report 15 more before the end of the season. Nine of those cases were neuroinvasive and six were West Nile fever. None of those infected in 2014 died from the disease.

Symptoms of West Nile neuroinvasive disease include neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. The neuroinvasive form of the disease can be deadly.

The only other human case of West Nile virus to be reported this year in North Texas was in Kaufman County on July 1.

The city of Fort Worth announced they'd spray for mosquitoes beginning Friday after a fourth mosquito tested positive for the virus. The spraying will be the first time the city has sprayed for the insects in three years.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Co. Says 14 Cyclosporiasis Cases Linked to Statewide Outbreak]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:26:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cyclospora-produce.jpg

Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services says more than a dozen cases of cyclosporiasis have been reported in the county since July 8.

County health officials said the cases were not the result of recent international travel, and are more likely related to the statewide outbreak that's taken place over the last two months.

DCHHS said the investigation into a common exposure source is ongoing, but outbreaks this summer and in recent years have been associated with imported cilantro from the state of Puebla in Mexico.

The FDA announced on Monday the likely cause of hundreds of U.S. cases of cyclosporiasis were related to human feces and toilet paper found in growing fields in Puebla.

Earlier this week, the Texas Department of State Health Services said there were 205 cases of cyclosporiasis reported statewide. At the time, state officials said there were 17 cases in Dallas County. The county now reports that number at 14 cases.

In 2014, there were 200 reported cases of cyclosporiasis in Texas tied to tainted cilantro from Mexico.

At this time a recall has not been issued. Concerned shoppers are cautioned to ask their grocer about the origin of the cilantro sold in stores and to thoroughly wash all fresh produce. The Texas DSHS warns washing produce may not entirely eliminate the risk because cyclospora can be difficult to wash off. Cooking will kill the parasite.

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<![CDATA[How Safe is Your Hospital?]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:08:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CR+Hospital+Room.jpg

We trust hospitals to help make us well. What we don’t expect is to get sick in a hospital. But every year about 648,000 hospital patients develop infections during their stay and about 75,000 die. Some of the most threatening infections are caused by C. diff and MRSA bacteria, which can live on surfaces for days and pass from hand to hand. And MRSA is resistant to some antibiotics. Consumer Reports found that while some hospitals have been successful at cutting their infection rates, many have not.

Consumer Reports analyzed hospital-acquired infection data for thousands of hospitals across the U.S., and rated hospitals on how well they prevented MRSA and C. diff infections, and the results are sobering.

Only 6 percent received top scores for preventing both infections, with some
well-known hospitals having low ratings, including the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. To prevent those infections, hospitals and hospital staff must pay close attention to cleanliness.

Also essential is to avoid the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, which can wipe out patients’ good bacteria and let bad bacteria like C. diff run wild.

Most infections are preventable, and if hospitals were committed to deploying evidence-based practices that reduce infections, tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year. Some hospitals are able to keep their infection rates low. The best prevent infections by designating special staff to oversee the use of antibiotics and by following clear protocols on cleanliness.

A spokesperson for the Mount Sinai Health System in New York said, "The Mount Sinai Health System is committed to patient and staff safety. Infection prevention and control efforts are a top priority. We have instituted continuing, comprehensive programs and evidence-based processes systemwide that have resulted in significant improvements, both in our rates of hospital-acquired infections and across other measures of patient safety."

In a statement, the Cleveland Clinic said, "Reducing infection is our top priority at Cleveland Clinic and we are working in a collaborative with both the Joint Commission and CDC to decrease the risk of hospital acquired infections."

And Lisa Maragakis, senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins, released the following statement, "We applaud efforts to provide the public with valid and meaningful information about the quality of health care provided at our nation's hospitals. While ratings are useful starting points for comparing hospitals, they do not necessarily tell the whole story.

"The standardized infection ratio reported by Hospital Compare represents an estimate composed of several factors that can affect the overall rating. For example, the C. difficile ratio relies on the number of tests ordered by the hospital to determine clinical cases of the disease. Teaching hospitals tend to order more tests than other health care settings, and some of those tests can reveal colonization rather than disease. As there is no clinical surveillance system to collect this information, institutions that test more for these infections may appear to have a worse performance rate.

"According to Hospital Compare's website and taking confidence intervals into consideration, The Johns Hopkins Hospital's estimated standardized infection ratios for C. diff and MRSA were found to be "no different" than approximately 90 percent of hospitals nationwide.

"Delivering safe, quality care is the top priority for all Johns Hopkins Medicine hospitals and care providers. We believe that the efforts we’re making today will help improve our ratings. These include continued hand hygiene and environmental cleaning initiatives to minimize the spread of infections, and a Choosing Wisely campaign aimed at reducing unnecessary testing.

"Additional improvement initiatives and safety performance measures can be found on our patient safety and quality data website, available at http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/patients/safety."

See the ratings for North Texas hospitals in the document below:


More: Consumer Reports - How Your Hospital Can Make You Sick

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars and trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.

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<![CDATA[2 Dead, 31 Sick Amid 'Unusual' Legionnaires' Outbreak in NYC]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:41:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/legionnaires+outbreak.jpg

Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires' disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department is calling a concerning "unusual increase" in cases.

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Thirty-one cases have been reported in south Bronx neighborhoods, primarily in High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven, since July 10, the Health Department said. Two of the people stricken with the condition died.

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Legionnaires' disease is caused by exposure to the bacteria Legionella; in most cases, people are exposed to the bacteria by inhaling contaminated aerosols from cooling towers, hot tubs, showers and faucets or drinking water.

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Officials are testing water from cooling towers and other potential sources in the area to determine the source of the outbreak.

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Legionnaires' disease usually sets in two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria and has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including shortness of breath, high fever, chills and chest pains. People with Legionnaires' also experience appetite loss, confusion, fatigue and muscle aches.

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It cannot be spread person-to-person and those at highest risk for contracting the illness include the elderly, cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung or immune system disease and those receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

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The Health Department urges anyone with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention.

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"We are concerned about this unusual increase in Legionnaires' disease cases in the south Bronx," Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said in a statement. "We are conducting a swift investigation to determine the source of the outbreak and prevent future cases."

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At a news briefing on hot weather Wednesday afternoon, Bassett said the investigation was in its early stages, and reiterated early treatment was crucial.

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"We have our disease detectives out in the field, scanning the environment and looking for places to take samples," Bassett said.

"We know a lot about Legionnaires', we know a lot about outbreaks -- this particular outbreak is still under investigation. We have an evolving situation," she added. "This is a common and readily treated pneumonia and we want to make sure people get care."

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Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx confirmed it had received Legionnaires' patients, but declined to say how many and referred questions to the Health Department.

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John Dudley, district manager of Bronx Community Board 3, said the Health Department hadn't notified him about the outbreak and he wanted more information to spread to residents in his neighborhoods.

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"I'm shocked," Dudley said, adding he was at least glad to know the disease couldn't be spread through person-to-person contact.

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James Rouse, 42, died of Legionnaires' three months ago; he's not one of the two deaths linked to the more recent Bronx outbreak, but his family wonders if it's connected. He lived in Manhattan but taught music to children in the South Bronx. On April 30, he went to the hospital with a 104-degree fever, was diagnosed with Legionnaires' and then died 10 days later. 

"If it turns out those two people died and it's related to my brother's death, and something could have been done about it -- that kind of tragedy, I couldn't put into words," said brother John Rouse of Coram.

An outbreak last hit the Bronx in December. Between then and January, 12 people in Co-op City contracted the potentially deadly disease. Officials said a contaminated cooling tower was likely linked to at least 75 percent of those cases. No one died in that outbreak.

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<![CDATA[Doctors Remind Parents of Importance of Sunscreen]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:33:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sunscreen1.JPG

Parents are being reminded about the importance of using sunscreen after two brothers in Oklahoma got severe sunburns on a day care field trip to a splash pad.

Seven-year-old Connor and 5-year-old Trae are currently in a hospital in Galveston, Texas, after suffering second and third-degree burns, NBC affiliate KJRH reported.

Their mother, Shaunna Oxford, said her sons complained of burns after she picked them up from the Happiness is a Learning Center day care in Vinita, Oklahoma, on Friday. She said the boys were taken to a splash pad by the day care and left to play outside with little to no sunscreen all day.

"I'm very concerned, actually, because I'm afraid any sunburn they get now is going to affect them later," said Patricia Cedillo, of Mesquite, who brought her family to the splash park at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas Tuesday.

"If we're going to the pool, we usually make sure we've got [sunscreen] on 30 minutes before we go out, reapply every hour-and-a-half to two hours," said Cedillo.

Doctors recommend SPF 30 or higher for children, which should be re-applied every two hours.

Babies less than one year old should stay out of the sun altogether or use full sunblock, and everyone should use special care in water.

"The thing about being in the water is you don't feel yourself getting hot," said Maury Contreres, a nurse practitioner at Children's Health Dermatology in Dallas.

"So if you're going to be in a lake, you're going to be in a pool, you've got to really pay attention to the two hour mark and then get out and reapply," added Contreres.

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, staff members keep kids inside, out of the sun altogether, and cancel field trips in triple-digit temperatures.

"If kids are outside at all right now, it's because they are probably going from one thing to the next," says Greg Parker, Vice President of Operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington.

In Texas, day care centers can apply sunscreen only if parents request it.

<![CDATA[The Health Benefits of Having a Pet]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:10:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dog-GettyImages-137551880.jpg

For centuries, humans have taken animal companions into their homes. But the utility of the animals goes beyond simple companionship. The evidence is increasingly clear that having a pet can lead to a longer, healthier life. Here are some of the ways a pet can help your health:

Pets encourage healthy habits.

Getting a furry, scaly or feathered friend can prompt lifestyle changes for the owner. While many associate getting a pet with waking up earlier to let the cat outside or extra trips to the store for dog food, studies show that pets can cause a tangible, positive impact on owners’ choices.

Own a dog? It should come as no surprise that walking your pooch has proven health benefits, and a People Pets Exercising Together study supports this. The study, conducted by the Wellness Institute at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, concluded that people who exercised with their pets were more likely to stick their workout routines than people who exercised alone. Pets, the study said, should be considered companions that are part of one’s social support network when losing weight, just as people are.

Walking the dog also has additional health benefits besides weight loss. Regular physical activity strengthens your bones and can help fend off osteoporosis. Being outside exposes you to the sun, which is a good source of vitamin D (just don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun). If you’re a cat person, consider stretching alongside your cat, which is good for alleviating arthritis pain, according to veterinarian Amy Flowers.

One study published by the journal Tobacco Control even found that more than a quarter of pet-owning smokers tried to quit smoking once they learned about the negative health effects of secondhand smoke on their animals. Secondhand smoke exposure is associated with certain cancers in cats and dogs; allergies in dogs; and eye, skin and respiratory diseases in birds.

Pets are friends who help us feel better.

Anyone with a good friend knows that just being there for someone can make all the difference when we’re going through a difficult time. This is just as true with our animal friends as with our human ones.

If you’re in a really bad mood, consider calmly petting your cat or dog. As Prevention magazine reported, the simple act of petting or other simple interaction with your pet causes your brain to release the calming hormone oxytocin, as the stress hormone cortisol goes down. One study found that dogs’ behavior toward humans was similarly influenced by the oxytocin system, so when you and your dog spend some quality time together, you’re actually engaging in a mutually beneficial, and healthy, social interaction.

Another study focusing on cat owners found that cat ownership lowered people’s risk of cardiovascular diseases. The research, conducted by the Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Research Center at the University of Minnesota, showed that people who owned or had owned a cat at one point were at lower risk for a fatal heart attack or stroke. The study suggested cat ownership as a “novel strategy” for reducing these health risks.

If you’re trying to think of a gift to give grandma or grandpa, consider a dog: A study in the Medical Journal of Australia found that senior citizens who regularly walked or interacted with dogs boosted the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps calm and rest the body. The researchers found that even just patting and talking to a dog has this effect.

Animals have more uses to assist humans than ever before.

Although not pets in the traditional sense, service animals have been a boon to people with disabilities and other special needs for decades. Guide dogs for the blind are not uncommon, but dogs can also help those who are deaf, those with diabetes, those prone to seizures and even children with autism.

What’s more, comfort animals provide that special companionship all of our pets do for us every day, but for people who need it the most. They console mourners at funeral homes and children traumatized by the death of a classmate by suicide. 

Oscar is a therapy cat famously known for his unique ability to predict when hospital patients are about to die. Oscar has a perfect streak in correctly selecting terminally ill patients with mere hours to live, then curling up next to them to comfort them in their final moments on Earth, NBC News reported. One theory is that Oscar can detect the release of ketones, biochemicals given off by dying cells.

It’s not just cats and dogs getting in on the act, though. Therapy animals run the gamut from birds to horses. There is even at least one therapy tortoise at a Florida nursing home that the residents call a friend. 

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<![CDATA[Experts Urge Parents to Check Hot Cars for Kids]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:37:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Heat_Keeps_Some_From_Greater_Hartford_Jazz_Festival_1200x675_487292483824.jpg

With more triple-digit temperatures in the forecast, injury prevention specialists at Children's Health in Dallas are warning parents to be careful and not leave children inside hot cars.

"The sun really isn't a factor in it being so hot in a car," said Jamie Pelletier, injury prevention specialist at Children's Health. "It's definitely going to contribute to making it more hot, but even at nighttime the car can still be dangerously hot."

With the outside temperature at 100 degrees, a thermometer placed inside a car hit 117 degrees in just 10 minutes Monday.

"Children can't regulate their body temperature the same way an adult does," said Pelletier. "So even minutes in a car can be deadly for a child."

She recommends that parents leave something in the back seat to remind them a child is in the car.

"What I always like to tell parents is that you need to leave something in the vehicle that is absolutely necessary for you to have when you exit the vehicle," said Pelletier. "Just something that you cannot leave the car without so that you have to check in the backseat for that item."

A new car seat by Evenflo, sold at Walmart, sounds an alarm if a child is left inside a car after it has been turned off.

On Monday, a North Texas father was charged with abandoning a child in imminent danger after his 2-year-old daughter died earlier this month after being trapped in a hot car.

Hamuda Raufu, 40, told police he and his family returned home on July 17 and took a nap after a long day at Fair Park, believing all of the children had exited the vehicle. Raufu said after he woke up, he went outside to work on his car when he noticed his daughter, Sekinat Nariyah Raufu, still strapped into her car seat.

She was pronounced deceased a short time later at the hospital.

<![CDATA[Some Cilantro Banned Over Feces, Toilet Paper in Fields: FDA]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:26:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cyclospora_cilantro.jpg

It appears that cilantro contaminated by human waste is to blame for several years of intestinal illnesses among Americans, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA announced on Monday that it has identified the cause of hundreds of U.S. cases of cyclosporiasis after health officials found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields in the state of Puebla, Mexico. The administration will detain Mexican cilantro at the border from April to August and forbid products from Puebla from entering into the U.S. without inspections and certification, according to a partial import ban dated Monday by the agency.

Last August, the FDA and Texas authorities linked suppliers in Puebla to infected cilantro at four Texas restaurants. Monday’s announcement, however, confirms that the central Mexican state is the source of many more cases of the disease.

Several major U.S. restaurant companies confirmed to Bloomberg Business that the cilantro they use will not be affected by the ban. A spokesman for Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said that all of its cilantro comes from California. Yum! Brands Inc., which owns Taco Bell, is also reportedly not affected.

As NBC reported last month, cyclosporiasis is not spread through human-to-human contact, but rather, through a host, such as contaminated food. Cyclosporiasis is caused by cyclospora, a single-celled, microscopic parasite that attacks the small intestine. According to the CDC, a cyclosporiasis infection can last from a few days to more than a month. Symptoms may go away, only to return later, and it is common to feel very tired. Cyclospora usually causes diarrhea and frequent bowel movements.

Other common symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, increased gas and nausea. Other symptoms include vomiting, body aches, headache, fever and other flu-like symptoms. Some people who are infected do not show any symptoms.

<![CDATA[Feces, Toilet Paper Found in Mexican Cilantro Field]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:29:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cyclospora_cilantro.jpg

Human feces and toilet paper found in cilantro growing fields in Puebla, Mexico are likely to blame for hundreds of cases of cyclosporiasis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Monday, leading the government to detain Mexican cilantro at the border from April to August and forbid products from Puebla from entering the U.S. without inspections and certification.

Cilantro from Mexico was identified as the cause of an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Texas in both 2014 and 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA.

On Monday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said there were 205 cases reported statewide, including 17 in Dallas County, eight in Denton County, nine in Collin County and nine in Tarrant County. Single cases have been reported in Johnson, Kaufman, Parker and Rockwall counties. Travis County reported the most -- 77 cases so far.

This most recent outbreak, the CDC said, is also likely tied to cilantro from Puebla.

In an FDA statement the CDC is quoted, "there is currently (in July 2015) another ongoing outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the United States in which both the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection have identified cilantro from the Mexican state of Puebla as a suspect vehicle with respect to separate illness clusters."

Last year, Texas had 200 cases, some of which were associated with cilantro from the Puebla region.

At this time a recall has not been issued. Concerned shoppers are cautioned to ask their grocer about the origin of the cilantro sold in stores and to thoroughly wash all fresh produce.

H-E-B stores said they source products from all over and take great care in vetting supplies while conducting their own testing to ensure quality. At this time, they said they have not been impacted by the most recent findings.

DSHS warns washing produce may not entirely eliminate the risk because cyclospora can be difficult to wash off. Cooking will kill the parasite.

Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by consuming food or water contaminated with the cyclospora parasite. The major symptom is watery diarrhea lasting a few days to a few months. Additional symptoms may include loss of appetite, fatigue, weight loss, abdominal cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, vomiting and a low fever. People who think they may have a cyclospora infection should contact their health care provider.

<![CDATA[Football, Fundraising Join Alzheimer's Fight]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Football_Alzheimers.jpg

Football season is already underway for 200 women competing in the annual Blondes vs Brunettes Dallas, a annual flag football game that raises money for Alzheimer's research.

The annual game pits blondes against brunettes. Both teams spend the summer fundraising for Alzheimer's research and practicing their plays in the Texas heat.

Erin Finegold brought the fundraiser to Dallas after watching her grandmother die from the Alzheimer's.

"It's so hard to watch," said Erin, who watched her grandmother and loved ones cope with the disease for several years.

That personal connection to Alzheimer's and its devastating consequences motivate players and coaches year after year.

"So many people are afflicted by it some way, shape or form," said Troy Miller, who returned to BvB Dallas to coach Team Blonde for the fifth time.

Each participant must raise $1,000 to play on game day. This year, the organization set a new goal of raising $600,000. Every dollar will stay in North Texas and benefit the Baylor AT&T Memory Center and The Center for Vital Longevity at The University of Texas Dallas.

"They want to go out and raise the money," said Finegold. "They are passionate about the cause."

Ten weeks of fundraising and football has fostered life-long friendships.

"If feels like a giant family," said player Lauren Kluempers. "Everyone that's involved is really, really close."

"It's hard to describe," said rookie Lauren Harris. "It's been amazing."

"Being able to come back out every single year and being able to raise money for the research so that they try to find a cure as soon as possible for our generation -- that's huge," said Miller.

A donation of $25 will get you a ticket to the Aug. 8 game at the Cotton Bowl and admission into the after-party.

For more on tickets and donating, visit: bvbdallas.org

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<![CDATA[How Best to Avoid Foodborne Illness When You Eat Out]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:47:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Clean+Restaurant+072415.jpg

One out of six people will get a foodborne illness this year. And while you have control over what happens in your kitchen, what about when you eat out? NBC 5 checked with the experts.

David Jefferson, the environmental health manager at the Tarrant County Public Health Department, is part of the team which makes sure restaurants in Tarrant County are clean.

He has personally inspected hundreds of restaurants and said the biggest two things you should worry about are good hygiene and food temperature. Hand washing is the obvious one, but food temperature may not jump out at you as something to check.

"Look at the temperature of the food when you get it," said Jefferson. "If it's supposed to be hot and it's not hot, look out because they're not worried about food temperatures."

Food temperatures are important, because it doesn't take long for bacteria to grow once food is out of proper temperature. Also, many bacteria live on the surface or inside food, and if the dish hasn't been heated or cooled properly, that could set you up for a world of hurt.

Jefferson added you should keep an eye out on restaurant employees. They should look sharp and be free of illnesses that could transmit to you or your food.

He said if "they're sniffing, wiping their nose, running to the bathroom while you're there, these are all signs that should really make you worry."

At Bob's Steak and Chop House in Grapevine, their past four inspections have been zeros, which means there were no ongoing violations at the time of the inspections. It's no surprise to assistant general manager Marc Johnson, who said he follows each inspector around with a clipboard to make sure he sees potential issues right as the inspector is seeing them.

For Johnson, one of the most important parts of his job is cleanliness. He checks and rechecks to make sure everyone is doing things according to the company's policies. Before the dinner rush, you'll spot him in the kitchen.

"Some of the things you look for in the kitchen, you look at the floor, make sure no debris on the floor," Johnson said.

When NBC 5 was there, the kitchen was spotless. So were the dining room and bathrooms.

Johnson said general cleanliness at a restaurant can give you a good indication if something is amiss.

"You can look at the floor. You can look at the other tables," said Johnson. "If dinner's over, and it hasn't been cleaned in how long of a time, you can tell it is a lack of attention to that tabletop that could go through the kitchen as well."

Jefferson, the health inspector, agrees. And the old adage that a dirty bathroom in a restaurant means a dirty kitchen, there's some truth to it. Both Jefferson and Johnson agree that it's an attention to detail.

If an establishment isn't cleaning a place customers do see, like the restrooms, what can you expect in the kitchen? They also say you should try looking outside the restaurant, to make sure the garbage bin is closed and not overflowing with trash.

At Bob's, all employees come in every Saturday for an hour before their shift to work on a special cleaning project. The restaurant also keep checklists for when food comes in to make sure it hasn't spoiled. Johnson said he's proud of his team and is ready for the next inspection.

"I can't say enough about the staff and how good of a job they do," he said.

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<![CDATA[Parkland Practices Moving to New Building]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:45:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Parkland+Move+072415.jpg In August, Parkland Memorial Hospital will finally move to its brand new building. On Friday employees practiced moving more than 500 patients. ]]> <![CDATA[The Colony to Spray for Mosquitoes]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:14:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-Cropped.jpg

The Colony will spray for mosquitoes after insects caught in three of the traps returned tests  positive for the West Nile virus.

The city said positive samples were obtained from the following locations:

  • Augusta Park: Treatment area will include areas north of Keys and North Colony, west
  • of Main Street, east of Lakeview Middle School and including the entire Eastvale and Waters Edge neighborhoods.
  • Strickland ditch: Treatment area will include areas south of Nash, east of Main, north of South Colony, west of the electric power line easement.
  • Baker ditch: Treatment area will include areas south of Carroll Drive and North Colony, north of Memorial Drive, east of Morningstar and Northpointe, west of the city limits.

Spraying will be done in the affected areas Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26 beginning at about 10 p.m.

Officials ask that anyone living in the area to be sprayed to plan to keep all people and pets indoors overnight, and cover any ponds or pet watering bowls.

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<![CDATA[Vinyl Flooring Safety Questions]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:19:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-07-23-14h08m08s188.jpg

Vinyl flooring is long lasting, and it’s among the least expensive flooring you can buy.

But there have been safety concerns about chemicals called phthalates sometimes added to vinyl flooring to make it pliable. Some phthalates may be endocrine disruptors, which will affect the hormonal systems of the body. That’s especially a problem in unborn babies and young children because their bodies are still developing.

Consumer Reports ran lab tests on 17 vinyl-flooring products, testing for 13 types of phthalates.

In addition to checking the composition of the flooring itself, the lab tested to see whether phthalates could be wiped off the vinyl flooring onto your hands or get into the air.

Consumer Reports found that while there may be considerable amounts of phthalates in the compositions of the materials, the tests show that very little came out into the air or onto wipes run across the flooring.

Even though the phthalate levels were very low, Consumer Reports does recommend wet-mopping vinyl floors often if you have young children in the house and washing their hands after they’ve crawled on the floor.

Home Depot and Lowe’s have announced that all flooring they sell will be phthalate-free by 2016.

Consumer Reports says vinyl flooring has a lot to recommend it. Besides being inexpensive, the best aced Consumer Reports’ durability tests. Those tests see how well flooring stands up to foot traffic, scratches, and dents, and how well it resists stains and whether it will fade in sunlight.

Consumer Reports recommends these vinyl-flooring products:

  • Tarkett NAFCO PermaStone Collection—Natural Slate-Sand Stone NS-660,
  • Congoleum DuraCeramic Sierra Slate SI-74 Golden Greige,
  • Armstrong Luxe Plank Timber Bay Barnyard Gray A6861,
  • Armstrong Alterna Mesa Stone Canyon Sun D4112
  • Shaw Matrix Regency Gunstock Oak LX90100706.

Here’s Consumer Reports’ guide to other types of flooring.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.

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<![CDATA[Rise in Autism May Be Due to Semantics: Study]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:51:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-142090923_Autism-generic.jpg

A new study out of Penn State University suggests that the increase in autism diagnosis is due to kids being classified and diagnosed differently, not because something catastrophic has happened to U.S. children, NBC News reported. 

Special education enrollment figures suggest 97 percent of the increase in autism between 2000 and 2010. The study, published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, found that the figures could simply be accounted for by reclassification — at least among older kids. 

The researchers' conclusions won't end the debate on what caused the spike, but may offer some solace to worried parents and help explain such a huge jump in cases. 

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<![CDATA[Use of Morning-After Pill on Rise Among U.S. Teens]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:08:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pill1.jpg

More than one in five sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings, which likely reflect the ease in which teens can buy the emergency contraceptive, show that usage of the morning-after pill rose steadily from a decade ago when it was one in 12.

Morning-after pills can cut chances of pregnancy by almost 90 percent if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

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<![CDATA[Arlington Family Gets Help Coping With Teen's Sudden Death]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:00:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bball-death.jpg

An Arlington family is grieving the sudden loss of their son and brother. 14-year-old Chase Sayles collapsed Thursday after he had been playing basketball. Now his father is thanking the community for their support.

From day one, Ben Sayles knew there was something special about his son Chase.

"It's been a blessing the whole way," said Sayles. "He's been great for us since he was born."

Chase was born with a congenital heart defect. But he never let that stop him from exceling in life – particularly when it came to basketball.

In 2014, Cook Children's Health System produced a video featuring his story. The then 12-year-old told them, "I don't think about my heart at all. You can do anything you want."

"He had goals, things he wanted to become, things he was pursuing," said Sayles. "We had just got into the recruiting process and some of the different things that go on with going to college."

That's been the toughest part for his family as they mourn his sudden death. Last Thursday, he was playing basketball at Barnett Junior High in Arlington and began complaining of chest pain. By the time the ambulance arrived, he was unresponsive.

"It's been hard," said Sayles. "We're a very close knit family. It's just five of us."

But he says the past few days it's felt like all of Arlington is part of their family, as a growing number people express their love and support.

One example – as of Tuesday afternoon, about 130 people had donated more than $8,000 to a special Go Fund Me Page set up for Sayles family.

"We didn't realize exactly how many people he had touched," said Sayles.

Sayles says seeing how much Chase was loved is helping them pull through.

"We thank everyone for everything they've done," said Sayles.

The Sayles family is asking anyone who knew Chase to come to Boles Junior High in Arlington (3900 SW Green Oaks Blvd), where Chase just finished 8th grade, Tuesday evening to sign a board and share any memories of him. That will run from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

A close friend of Chase's will also be selling t-shirts he designed with one of Chase's favorite quotes for $20. All of the money raised will go directly to his family.

Chase's visitation will take place Friday morning starting at 9:00am at Spencer's Mortuary in Fort Worth (4000 Miller Ave). His funeral will take place at 11:00am Saturday at the Pilgrim Valley Church in Fort Worth.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Co. Reports First Human Case of West Nile Fever ]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:04:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD-06-malaria-puerto-rico.jpg

Dallas County Health and Human Services reports its first human case of West Nile fever for the 2015 season.

The infected person lives in the 75217 ZIP code, though no other details are being provided in the case.

“Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents. However, it is important for residents to take the necessary precautions,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director.

This is the second human case of West Nile virus to be reported in North Texas so far this season.

“Since there is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for WNV infection, residents should adhere to preventive measures to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority.

The other confirmed human case is a man who lives in Kaufman County. Officials said the man contracted West Nile fever June 18 after being bitten by several mosquitoes in the Travis Ranch subdivision, a community outside of Forney's city limits near Lake Ray Hubbard in Kaufman County.


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<![CDATA[Best Hospitals in Texas: U.S. News & World Report ]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:07:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BUMC_Riggs_ED_exterior_night.jpg

U.S. News & World Report released its 26th edition of the Best Hospital rankings on Tuesday, with several in Texas making the list.


Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas was named the best hospital in the Dallas/Forth Worth metro area.

Baylor Dallas was also ranked as the third best hospital in Texas.


“Being first in the Dallas metro area affirms the engagement of our caregivers and the talented physicians on our medical staff who work hard to provide safe, quality, compassionate care to every patient,” President of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas Doug Lawson said in a statement.


Top five hospitals in D/FW:

  1. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
  2. UT Southwestern Medical Center
  3. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
  4. Medical City Dallas Hospital
  5. Plaza Medical Center

Top five hospitals in Texas:

  1. Houston Methodist Hospital
  2. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
  3. Baylor University Medical Center
  4. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
  5. UT Southwestern Medical Center

The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.


Facts about the rankings:

  • Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
  • For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty.

For a complete list of the hospital rankings, click here.

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<![CDATA[Early Drugs Halt AIDS, Prevent Spread, Studies Confirm]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 06:56:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/022309+AIDS+HIV+Ribbon.jpg

Two big studies detailed Monday confirm that earlier treatment for the AIDS virus not only keeps people healthy, but prevents them from infecting others, NBC News reported.

The results have AIDS experts more optimistic than ever that it's possible to put a serious dent into the pandemic of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which has killed nearly 40 million people and which has infected close to 37 million more. One study had such clear results that it was stopped last May so everyone could get the drugs.

"We have now the unique opportunity of ending the pandemic," said Dr. Julio Montaner, at a meeting of the International AIDS Society in Vancouver.

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<![CDATA[Case of Chikungunya Confirmed in Dallas Co.]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:28:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/248*120/tlmd_chikungunya620.jpg

Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed Monday the third case of imported Chikungunya virus in Dallas County this year.

According to the health department, the person was infected with the virus during recent travel to Guatemala and was diagnosed after returning to Dallas County.

As per usual, identifying information about the person will not be made public.

Chikungunya virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The virus causes high fever and severe joint pain that start suddenly. It can also cause headache, muscle pain and rash. Chikungunya does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be disabling, and some people may get severe complications. There is no specific medication available to treat Chikungunya and there is not a vaccine. Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to avoid Chikungunya.

There have been no human cases of West Nile virus in Dallas County this year.

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<![CDATA[Doctors' Warning Amid Heat Wave Threat]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:19:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Heat_Safety_Dallas.jpg

Dallas County Health and Human Services expects more people heading to the hospital as temperatures rise this week.

Water parks and splash pools were packed over the weekend with families recognizing that keeping cool during the day is important, but overnight temperatures will also hover above 80 degrees.

“We’re going to see increased number of hospitalizations associated with heat related illnesses and possible deaths associated with the heat” warned Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson.

Dallas County health officials advise running the air conditioning at night as well. Despite the warnings, doctors continue to see cases of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

“The concern right now is to check on your neighbors, make sure they have a working a/c unit, a working air conditioner in their homes to keep chilled air on them to keep them cool” said Thompson.

Dallas County Health and Human Services offered a program to provide free air conditioners to people without a working system, but also encouraged church groups and other to look out for neighbors.

As the heat index climbs into triple digits, staying hydrated is key. Doctors and nurses are warning parents to keep an eye on their children, along with themselves and others.

“We would be watching for you know being tired, dizzy, having any nausea or vomiting or feeling overheated” said Connie Lin, a nurse practitioner at Children’s Health Dallas, “I want them to be drinking water at least every 20 minutes when they’re outdoors playing.”

One Florida woman visiting Klyde Warren Park in Dallas on Sunday said it was hotter there than back home in Miami.

“I’m just trying to stay under the mister even though it’s too tall for me but I’ve been drinking lots of water, going to the bathroom a lot, and trying to stay hydrated, it’s really hot here, really hot” said Daiana Halac of Miami.

Health experts also urged everyone to check on older neighbors in particular.

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 75 heat-related illnesses so far in 2015. The state's first heat-related death occurred Friday when a toddler was found strapped inside a hot SUV in Dallas, police said.

<![CDATA[Local Coaches Train in Safety Ahead of Football Season]]> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:53:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Football_Safety_Training.jpg

Weeks before football training drills begin trainers are driving home one message–"education, education, education."

That is the goal behind "Heads Up Football," a safety clinic coaches from all over North Texas attended Saturday in Fort Worth.

"It really helps; it's very informative," said Willie Pyle, USA Football Master Trainer.

The program focuses on a range of topics, from recognizing the signs of a concussion to dealing with the heat. Coaches also stress the importance of using measuring tapes to get a proper fit for equipment for each player.

"It's slowly coming around because it's so outdated that some teams are outdated and it's kind of expensive to catch up right away," said Clifton Kyles, a youth football coach in Oak Cliff.

For Kyles, guidelines taught through the program are bringing safety in youth football leagues up to speed. An NBC 5 investigation last year revealed at least eight local schools still used helmets rated "marginal" in a safety study. The investigation even prompted one district to replace 100 helmets.

"We've had a tragedy with concussion in the past and we are committed to overcoming our past and moving forward," said Kristine Skocpol-saleh, Hamilton County Youth Football Commissioner.

Watch the video below for details on NBC 5's investigation into helmet safety:

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<![CDATA[Local Biggest Loser Casting Call Draws Hundreds]]> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:51:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Biggest_Loser_Casting_call.jpg Two brothers drove in from Beaumont for their chance to take the Biggest Loser challenge at an open casting call at Gilley's in Dallas. Possible contestants began lining up at midnight to audition for the show.

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<![CDATA[Summer Warning for Parents and Pet Owners]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:46:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/katy+trail+hot+pavement.jpg

Triple-digit heat is nothing new to North Texas.

But 156 degrees is more than enough to get one’s attention.

That was the temperature of the rubberized soft surface along the Katy Trail at noon Friday, according to a photograph tweeted by the Friends of the Katy Trail.

Hours later, the temperature of the hard path read 124 degrees, according to a heat gun operated by NBCDFW.

A surface that hot is enough to cause second-degree burns with a few minutes of sustained exposure, experts say.

In response, there are signs posted along the Katy Trail which read: “Dogs can’t tell you when they’re hot. If it’s too hot for you to walk on concrete barefoot, it’s too hot for your dog.”

Veterinarian Dr. Matthew Murphy appreciates the effort.

Murphy works at CityVet Uptown, and he told NBCDFW he treats about one dog a week with burns to its paws due to exposure to hot surfaces.

Murphy said he advises clients that they should not walk their dogs on hard surfaces during the heat of the day.

“If they do have to, test it,” Murphy said. “[Use] the back of your hand on the concrete. Make sure it’s not too hot for you. If it’s too hot for your hand to sit there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your dog to walk on it.”

Tressy Kelley, of Dallas, learned that Friday afternoon when her dog, Bear – a two-year-old pit bull – began to pace back and forth on the synthetic surface near the entrance to the children’s playground at Klyde Warren Park.

“We were just over there by the rock, but the ground was too hot,” Kelley said. “He kept moving and was fidgeting. And I wasn’t sure what was going on, and I touched the ground and I was like, ‘Oh wow!’ I don’t even want to stand over there barefoot myself. So we moved him over here where there’s more shade.”

A test of the ground where Bear had been standing registered at 159 degrees.

“Even though he’s an animal, he’s still a part of the family. So I wouldn’t want him to burn his feet,” Kelley said.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Ground Spraying Schedule: 2015]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:54:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mosquito-spray-truck-01.jpg

Below is the latest schedule of mosquito ground spraying, broken down by county.

Dallas County

Dallas -- A mosquito pool was also confirmed positive for West Nile virus in the 2900 block of Sundial Drive. The following area will be sprayed Thursday and Friday between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night: North Bend Drive on the north, Grissom Lane on the west, Webb Chapel Road on the east and Flowerdale Lane on the south.

Dallas -- A mosquito pool was confirmed positive for West Nile virus in the 75229 ZIP code. Spraying will be done July 31 through Aug. 1 between 9 p.m. and  5 a.m. each night in an area generally bound by the following: 4500 College Park: Forest Lane on the north Dwarfs on the west, Leachman on the east and Royal Lane on the south. 10100 Cromwell: Galahad on the north, Harwell on the west, Betty Lane on the east and Kinkaid on the south.  5500 Northaven: Forest Lane on the north, Strait on the west, Preston Road on the east and Pebblebrook on the south.  4400 Northcrest: Meadowdale on the north, Gooding on the west, Strait on the east and Beechwood on the south. 

Dallas -- A mosquito pool was confirmed positive for West Nile virus in the 75215 and 75211 ZIP codes. Spraying will be done Aug.2 and Aug. 3 between 9 p.m. and  5 a.m. each night in an area generally bound by the following: 300 North Gail: Susan on the north, Tillery on the west, Counts on the east and Arcadia on south. 2700 Lawrence Street: Oakland Cemetary on the north, Leland Avenue on the west, Peary Avenue on the east and Anderson Street on the south.

DeSoto - DCHHS will conduct ground spraying, weather permitting, in DeSoto from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday July 29, Friday July 30 and Sunday Aug. 2 near the 75115 ZIP code. See map.

Highland Park -- Spraying will be done after a positive sample for West Nile virus was obtained from a mosquito trap on the northwest side of Highland Park. The area to be sprayed is west of Preston Road to the town limits and north of Belclaire to the town limits. Ground spraying will be done between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday evenings.

Hutchins -- DCHHS will conduct ground spraying, weather permitting, in Hutchins from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, July 30 and Sunday, Aug. 2 in an area near the 75141 ZIP code.

Lancaster -- DCHHS will conduct ground spraying, weather permitting, in Lancaster from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday July 30 and Sunday Aug. 2 near the 75134 ZIP code.  See map.

Rowlett -- DCHHS will conduct ground spraying, weather permitting, in Rowlett from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday July 30, Friday July 31 and Monday Aug. 3 in an area near the 75088 ZIP code.

Denton County

Flower Mound – The Town of Flower Mound confirms a mosquito sample collected in the 3000 block of Woodpark Drive tested positive for West Nile virus. Weather permitting, spraying operations will be concentrated in the approximate one-half square-mile radius around Woodpark Drive Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug 6, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Tarrant County

Arlington -- The City of Arlington confirmed seven new positive West Nile mosquito samples and will begin targeted ground spraying Monday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. around the following locations:

  • Mansfield Webb Rd. at Ballweg Rd.
  • S. Bowen Rd. at Buffalo Dr.
  • S. Cooper St. at Lovers Ln.
  • E. Pioneer Pkwy. at Carter Dr.
  • Greek Row Dr. at Kerby St.
  • Saddle Ridge Rd. at Yachtclub Dr.
  • Douglas Ct. at N. Cooper St.

Fort Worth --  The City of Fort Worth will conduct targeted ground spraying for the first time in 3 years. Four mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus in recent weeks in the 76133 zip code. Spraying will take place on Friday starting at 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting. The county will spray again Sunday, Aug. 2 through Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Click here for Tarrant County Public Health's WNV Interactive Map.

Grand Prairie – The City of Grand Prairie reports three West Nile virus positive mosquito samples and will ground spraying Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31, starting at 9 p.m. in the following areas:

  • Area 1: This area is bound by Winslow Drive and Slaton Drive on the north, Sheffield Drive, Goodnight Trail, and Embers Trail on the east, Kingswood Blvd. and Palmer Trail on the south, and Emerson Dr. and King Harbor Ct. on the west.
  • Area 2: This area is bound by Starbridge and Newberry on the north, Bardin Road on the east, Camp Wisdom on the south, and Robinson Road on the west.
  • Area 3: This area is bound by Arkansas Road to the north, Fieldcrest to the east, Wild Valley Trail to the south, and Waterwood Drive to the west.

Collin County

No sprayings scheduled.

Johnson County

Burleson –The City of Burleson reports four mosquito traps tested positive for West Nile virus. Weather permitting, the city will spray the following areas between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2:

  • Zone 1, in the area of Alsbury Boulevard, Summercrest Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard, Renfro Street and Brushy Mound.
  • Zone 5, in the area of Northwest John Jones Drive, Wilshire Boulevard, Wicker Hill Road, CR 1020 and CR 1016.
  • Zone 7, in the area of Alsbury Boulevard, Douglas Street, Hemphill Street, the Hwy. 174 service road, and Renfro Street.
  • Zone 11, in the area of John Jones Drive and Remington Circle.

Kaufman County

Forney – Crews will spray for mosquitoes between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the following days through September:

  • Wednesday Aug. 5, Parks, Off Road & Creeks
  • Sunday Aug. 16, Parks, Off Road & Creeks
  • Monday Aug. 17, North of Hwy 80

  • Tuesday Aug.18, South of Hwy 80 
  • Wednesday Sept. 2, Parks, Off Road & Creeks
  • Sunday Sept. 20, Parks, Off Road & Creeks
  • Monday Sept. 21, North of Hwy 80

  • Tuesday Sept. 22, South of Hwy 80

Cooke County

No sprayings scheduled.

<![CDATA[Don't Use Laundry Pods in Homes With Kids: Consumer Reports]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:16:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/laundrypods.jpg

Consumer Reports is warning parents that laundry detergent pods should never be used in homes where young children live of visit. 

Over the last several years, Poison Control Centers have fielded an increased number of calls about children eating, inhaling, or getting the laundry detergent serum on their skin.

However, Proctor and Gamble, the maker of the Tide, Gain, and Ariel laundry pods, has said the number of reports involving its pods is falling relative to sales and that most calls resulted in minor to no medical treatment actually, according to "Today."

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<![CDATA[Safety Alert - Laundry Pods]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:41:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/laundry+pods.jpg

Single-dose liquid laundry detergents are convenient and easy to use. But they can also be poisonous.

In the first six months of this year, poison-control centers received more than 6,000 reports of young children ingesting the pods or getting them in their eyes or on their skin.

Those highly concentrated pods are more harmful than regular liquid detergent. Consumer Reports has been warning about the dangers since the pods went mainstream back in 2012.

Over the years, manufacturers have tried to make the pods less accessible to young children. Containers are now opaque instead of clear, and some of the packaging is harder to open.

Some manufacturers, including Procter & Gamble, maker of Tide Pods; Sun Corp., maker of All Mighty Pacs; and Cot’n Wash, maker of Dropps, recently announced that they plan to coat their laundry pacs in a bitter-tasting substance. And Procter & Gamble says it will increase the burst strength of the pods to make it harder for them to break open and release the highly concentrated detergent.

Consumer Reports applauds those changes. But until there is a meaningful decrease in the number of injuries, it will no longer recommend liquid laundry pods. And we strongly urge households with children under 6 years old to avoid them.

The danger is with liquid detergent pods, not those filled with powder. But to be safe, Consumer Reports says always keep any detergent out of the reach of children.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars and trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.

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<![CDATA[Mary Kay Expo Attracts Thousands to Dallas]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:30:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mary_Kay_Dallas_2015.jpg

If you see a little more pink in Dallas the next few days, don't be surprised.

The annual Mary Kay seminar is currently underway at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, which is held from July 16 to August 1.

It has been held in Dallas for 41 years and attracts more than 27,000 attendees in five back-to-back conferences.

Mary Kay is a $4 billion skin and beauty direct sale company that began in Dallas.

The seminar recognizes beauty consultants from across the country for their achievement in sales.

"While the ladies are here we have this expo set up and they come and learn about new products,” said Jill Wedding, director of consultant marketing at Mary Kay. “They get to see our career cars. We have over 5,700 career cars on the road, so everything from the iconic pink Cadillac to BMWs, Chevys to Fords. They learn from each other. They have a big stage and arena."

The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau said this seminar pumps in $30 million into the local economy each year.

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<![CDATA[Medics Responding to More Heat-Related Calls]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:08:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_fire_lights_generic.jpg

Heat-related 9-1-1 calls are picking up at MedStar in Fort Worth.

“They’re complaining of shortness of breath, they’re sweaty, they just have no energy, they’re hot,” said MedStar dispatcher Becca Trinkle.

Whatever the reason for the call, patients outside in the heat get even higher priority, which sends an ambulance more quickly using lights and sirens.

“Maybe you’re having chest pains or you have a headache, but we’re going to worry about it a whole lot more to the extent that we’re going to get the system moving even faster,” said MedStar Medical Director Neal Richmond.

Paramedics are packing extra water for themselves and their patients, along with plenty of ice packs and IV fluids to cool them off quickly.

Each ambulance is equipped with extra air conditioners to keep the patient compartment cool.

“We can also direct all these vents toward the patient to cool them off quicker,” said MedStar paramedic Steve Lagarce.

MedStar received more than 80 heat-related calls in June and has already received nearly half that number so far in July, even before the start of triple-digit temperatures.

<![CDATA[Products for Pretty Summer Feet]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:21:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pretty+summer+feet+CR.jpg

Professional pedicures are a luxury for beautifying your tootsies. But can you get your soles smooth at home?

Consumer Reports enlisted 20 panelists to put home pedi products to the test—using the $12 Original PedEgg on one foot and one of two battery-operated callus removers on the other: the $21 PedEgg Power or the $38 Amopé Pedi Perfect.

The Original PedEgg has a stainless surface to file down rough spots. The automatic versions promise beautiful, smooth skin and easy callus removal using a rotating grinder.

Extra-tough calluses were sometimes an obstacle for the battery-operated products. When they stopped running, testers had to ease up on the pressure to have them continue. And some testers thought they took too much time.

The motorized products were less work, but they were slower to remove the dry skin. Some panelists found that the roller on the PedEgg Power is too narrow, making it difficult to get at some spots. And some complained that the battery models left skin powder on the floor, so use them over a towel. The Original PedEgg has a collection container.

Overall, users thought that all three products did a very good job and that the battery-operated models were a bit easier to use, but use them carefully.

Be aware that those pedicure products are not for everyone. Consumer Reports cautions that people with diabetes or poor blood circulation should not use them.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.

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<![CDATA[Heat-Related Illnesses On the Rise]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 23:01:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/heat+wave+90.jpg

Doctors are hearing more complaints about the heat as temperatures rise toward triple digits.

"We are seeing more heat illnesses here at the clinic right now," said Dr. Vicki Yang at Children's Health Dallas. "Usually it's a combination of some nausea or the child is feeling a little bit overheated."

Dallas County tracks heat-related illness, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The number is rising, but so far there have been no deaths this year.

"This Texas heat is very deadly," said Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson.

Running the air conditioning at night, when many people may turn them off to save money, is just as important as keeping cool during the day.

"Everybody's always concerned about the daytime temperatures, but it's really the nighttime temperatures," said Thompson. "When you start talking 80 degrees and above as a nighttime temperature, your body does not cool down, and that contributes to heat illnesses."

Doctors have a simple prescription for parents of young children.

"As long as the children are out there drinking enough fluids, wearing loose fitting clothing should help with the increased heat," said Yang.

Doctors recommend sports drinks like Gatorade to replace essential nutrients lost in the heat.

In anticipation for triple-digit temperatures in North Texas, Dallas County Health and Human Services issued a Heat-Related Illness Surveillance Report July 13.

DCHHS said 75 heat-related illnesses have been documented so far in 2015, including 26 cases of heat cramps, 39 cases of heat exhaustion and 10 cases of heat stroke.

No heat-related deaths have been reported.

The report also mentioned that men aged 18-35 are most likely to suffer from a heat-related illness with 20 documented cases. However, men and women of all ages are at risk.

DCHHS reminds everyone that these illnesses are preventable by drinking plenty of water and spending time in air-conditioned locations.

The Salvation Army is helping North Texas beat the heat with the installation of 13 cooling stations across the metroplex.

The cooling stations inside the Dallas and Fort Worth emergency homeless shelters will remain open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week due to high foot traffic.

For more information or exact locations of cooling stations, click HERE.

NBC 5's Jamie Weiss contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Barber Foods Issues Frozen Chicken Recall]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:27:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/234*120/chicken12.JPG

More than 1.7 million pounds of frozen, stuffed chicken products are being recalled nationwide and in Canada because they could be contaminated with salmonella.

An initial recall on July 2 involved 58,000 pounds of Barber Foods' chicken food products.

Now, the recall is being expanded after more illness cases were reported.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

The recall involves frozen, raw and stuffed chicken packaged in six individual pouches per box, in varieties including chicken kiev, chicken cordon bleu, chicken tenders and chicken broccoli cheese.

CLICK HERE to view the full list of recalled products.

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<![CDATA[Carnivore Meat Company Recalls Pet Treats]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:55:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/95572844.jpg

Carnivore Meat Company has issued a recall on select products and lots of Carnivore Vital Essentials pet foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Healthy cats and dogs rarely become sick from Listeria monocytogenes. In humans, however, Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:

  • Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties, UPC 33211 00809, Lot # 10930, Best by date 20160210
  • Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets, UPC 33211 00904, Lot # 10719, Best by date 12022015

The "Best By" date code and lot number is located on the back of the package. The affected product was distributed in Texas, as well as Washington, California, Georgia, Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Ohio and Vermont.

Consumers who have purchased a bag of these products should call 920-370-6542 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and someone will assist in obtaining replacement or a full refund from your local store for your original purchase.

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<![CDATA['Hiring Our Heroes' Job Fair Set for Tuesday]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 20:24:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/20131111+Vet+Job+Fair.jpg

Organizers of a Fort Worth job fair invite military veterans and their spouses to come out and take the next step to employment this week.

The "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14 at Resource Connection Conference Center on Circle Drive. An employment workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the hiring fair will span from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The day will begin with a brief orientation session that will be followed by one-on-one mentoring sessions for all pre-registered and walk-in participants.

The mentoring sessions will focus on resume building and writing, interviewing techniques and other helpful facts for entering the workforce.

Job seekers, employers, and service organizations can click HERE for more information on registering for the event.

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<![CDATA[More Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Arlington]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16:20:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pioneer-carter-arlington.jpg

The City of Arlington says they'll spray for mosquitoes in after one of the insects trapped on the city's east side positive for West Nile virus.

The infected mosquito was collected in a trap near East Pioneer Parkway and Carter Drive.

As a result, the city will begin targeted ground spraying in the affected area on Monday and Tuesday, July 13-14, from about 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning.

Arlington recently sprayed for mosquitoes on the southwest side of the city after a mosquito tested positive for the virus near the Overland Stage neighborhood.

On July 9 and 10 they sprayed an area near central west Arlington after a positive test there.

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<![CDATA[Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Dallas]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16:15:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mosquito+Spraying+03.jpg

The City of Dallas says they'll spray for mosquitoes after one of the insects trapped in the 75229 Zip Code tested positive for West Nile virus.

As a result, the town will begin targeted ground spraying in an area generally bounded by North Bend Drive on the north, Grissom Lane on the west, Webb Chapel Road on the east and Flowerdale Lane on the south. (See map below)

Spraying will take place Friday and Saturday, July 10-11, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning.

Ground spraying will not take place in the event of rain or winds greater than 10 mph.

The City of Dallas reminds residents that while the insecticide is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for treatment, residents in the above areas should avoid contact with the spray by staying indoors. Persons inside a vehicle while trucks are actively spraying should remain in their vehicles with the windows up and the air conditioner on until the trucks pass and the spray is no longer visible.

Persons outside during the scheduled spraying time should be alert for trucks and should not follow them.

Residents who come in contact with the spray are advised to wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. The spray breaks down quickly in the presence of sunlight and has no residual effect.



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<![CDATA[Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Highland Park]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:44:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/highland-park-logo.jpg

Highland Park says they'll spray for mosquitoes after one of the insects trapped on the west side of the town tested positive for West Nile virus.

As a result, the town will begin targeted ground spraying west of Preston Road to the town limits on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 10-12, from about 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning.

Localized spraying is to include the town's tennis courts.

Ground spraying will not take place in the event of rain or winds greater than 10 mph.


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