Regional Medical Entomologist positions open in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services has two Regional Medical Entomologists Positions open.  One will be located in Houston and one will be located in Corpus Christi.  Applications are due October 9th.  Feel free to forward the position links to anyone you think is interested in applying.

https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=395751&szReturnToSearch=1&&szWordsToHighlight=Entomologist

https://jobshrportal.hhsc.state.tx.us/ENG/careerportal/Job_Profile.cfm?szOrderID=396125&szReturnToSearch=1&&szWordsToHighlight=Entomologist

AgriLife Extension experts: Fewer reported Lyme disease cases may not tell whole story

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

Though Texas had almost 300 cases of Lyme disease reported in 2009, the number of reported cases since then has gone down considerably, leading experts to wonder if the disease is truly on the decline in the Lone Star State.

“Typically we see dozens of cases every year, mostly within the triangular region between Houston, Dallas and Austin,” said Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist based in Dallas. “Some of these cases occur in individuals who have been bitten by ticks outside the state, but many infections occur when people come in contact with a tick here in Texas.” Continue reading