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Houston: We Have Dengue Fever. Why Are New Diseases Showing Up in H-Town?

Houston’s diversity and sheer size mean more people are coming in and out of the city from many different places. That means the city is seeing cases of diseases not typically seen here in the past — even tropical diseases once thought to be exclusive to urban areas of the poorest countries in Africa, Asia […]

Houston’s diversity and sheer size mean more people are coming in and out of the city from many different places. That means the city is seeing cases of diseases not typically seen here in the past — even tropical diseases once thought to be exclusive to urban areas of the poorest countries in Africa, Asia and Central and South America, such as Dengue Fever.

We discuss what diseases are showing up now and how medical professionals in Greater Houston are dealing with them. Our guests are both from the new National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine: Dr. Peter Hotez, whose the school’s dean and Dr. Rojelio Mejia, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases and Pediatrics.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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