Rabies Risk Action Plan

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 in News & Information | No Comments

Where Do I Start? If you are reading this, you likely are concerned that you or a loved one has been exposed to the rabies virus. I will not reiterate the basic science of the virus, animal reservoir/vectors, modes of transmission, disease manifestations and course, prognosis, and preventive options. All that information is easily obtained […]

Post-Hurricane Harvey Commentary

Posted on Dec 9, 2017 in News & Information | No Comments

As expected, per my article in The Houston Chronicle on 9/4/17, tests of flood water from Hurricane Harvey are suggesting that the water is not clean, probably due to contamination by human waste and water treatment facilities. This water cannot be ingested without medical risk unless treated first by mechanical filtration of particulate matter and […]

Post-Hurricane Harvey Medical Risks

Posted on Dec 5, 2017 in News & Information | No Comments

Edward R. Rensimer, MD, FACP was featured in the article Post-Hurricane Harvey health risks- and what you can do to diminish them on Chron.com over the weekend and then in the Houston Chronicle on Monday, 9/4/17. He wrote about the potential health hazards related to flood waters and other dangers after the storm has passed […]

Pandemic Influenza/Calamity

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 in News & Information | No Comments

Expert Perspective/Influenza A, H1N1 (Swine Flu)                                                                                                   […]

Dilemma of a Positive TB Test

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 in News & Information | No Comments

The Dilemma of a Positive TB Test You have been told by your doctor or your employer’s medical department that your tuberculosis (TB) test is positive. What does that mean? Do you have TB? Are co-workers and family at risk because they have been around you?  Should you be on medication? All of these questions […]

Rabies Prevention

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 in News & Information | 19 Comments

Rabies is an almost invariably fatal viral infection of the brain and spinal cord.  The virus inhabits the nervous system of infected animals and humans and is shed in saliva. So a bite, lick, or scratch by a rabid animal is the means of transmission. In the U.S., principal vectors are wild animals, especially skunks, […]