July 24, 2017

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State and National News

Hidalgo Co. resident likely infected with Zika in Texas, DSHS says
A Hidalgo County resident who previously had a Zika infection was likely infected in the virus in Texas, Department of State Health Services and Hidalgo County Health and Human Services said Wednesday.

“Because the individual has not recently traveled outside the area or had any other risk factors, the infection was probably transmitted by a mosquito bite in South Texas sometime in the last few months,” DSHS said.

The agency added the individual, who has not been identified, is no longer at risk of spreading the virus to mosquitoes, and that there is “no evidence of ongoing Zika transmission in the state at this time.” A total of 19 Zika cases have been reported in Texas in 2017.

DSHS began expanded testing for residents in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in April, and recommended testing for all pregnant women. The Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites, and can be transmitted from mother to child, as well as through blood transfusions and sexual contact. Most people infected with the virus have mild or no symptoms, but symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). An increase in microcephaly was seen during a Zika outbreak in Brazil in 2015.

Association News

Pharmacists Rank on Glassdoor's Most Competitive In-Demand Jobs List
Pharmacists continue to rank among best-paying professions, but competition in the job market is high.
Job site Glassdoor has published their most competitive in-demand jobs with 6-figure salaries, ranking pharmacists 5th out of the 20 professions listed.

The list ranks professions based on salary and job availability, highlighting careers with the highest average income and least amount of job openings listed on Glassdoor’s website. According to the list, pharmacists reel in a median base salary of $120,000, with only 4,213 job openings on the site. Companies hiring include Safeway, OhioHealth, Angel Medical Center, UnityPoint Health, Mission Healthcare Services, Lincare, Global Counseling International, and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

The top 5 jobs on the list were:
1. Creative managers
2. IT managers
3. Data scientists
4. Supply chain managers
5. Pharmacists

Pharmacists frequently secure spots on Glassdoor’s lists, ranking highly in the site’s highest-paying professions list 2 years in a row. CareerBliss also ranked pharmacists among the top 5 happiest 6-figure jobs in 2016.

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Carol Reagan, Interim Executive Director, TPA • 512.615.9170