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Chikungunya virus (CHIKV)

Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an arboviral (arthropod-borne) disease.  In the Western Hemisphere, the cycle is currently maintained in a human-mosquito cycle; no other vertebrate (animal with a spinal column or backbone) host is known to be involved.  With this disease, clinical signs of fever and polyarthralgia (pain in many joints) typically resolve within 7–10 days; severe clinical signs and symptoms are rare.  Mortality is also rare and occurs mostly in older adults.  As with the other mosquito-borne diseases, avoidance of mosquito bites is the key to prevention.  For more detailed information, please CLICK HERE

West, Texas Public Health Report

Public Health Report released on injuries related to the West (Texas) Fertilizer Plant Explosion, April 2013

Health District Clinics:

The Health District accepts the following insurance & Medicaid Managed Care Plans:

• Blue Cross Blue Shield
• Superior Medicaid Managed Care Plan
• Right Care Medicaid Managed Care Plan
• Traditional Medicaid

Lead Poisoning Prevention:

Data shows 1.3% of local children have lead concentrations in their blood higher than 10 mg/dL which is double that of the state of Texas at 0.6%.  About 60% of local housing was built before 1980 when lead-containing household paint was commonly used.

Studies show lead-exposed children, or adults exposed as children perform worse than average on tests of fine motor skills, language, memory, learning, attention, and executive function (Lidsky et al., 2006).

Waco Human Environmental Exposure to Lead (WHEEL) Initiative is working to find a solution.  Visit to learn more.

It's Time to Breathe Well Waco!

The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District is excited to announce that our District and Community Services campus is Tobacco-Free!!

For more information about the Tobacco-Free Campus Policy, click here.

You may also find resources for quitting smoking under the Health Education tab.

Community Engagement:

Live Well Waco Coalition

A community coalition dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of McLennan County residents through collaborative community action, education, and prevention.


Healthy Babies Coalition

The Healthy Babies Coalition is a joint initiative by several community agencies, churches and area hospitals formed to decrease infant mortality in the Waco-McLennan County area.












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