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The first permanent settlements occurred in the late 1860's. Zavala County was attached for judicial purposes to Uvalde, Maverick and Frio counties before it was separately organized. Zavala county was misspelled "Zavalla" when the county was created in 1858; the spelling error was not corrected by the Texas Legislature until 1929.
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DSHS Offers PAM Precautions
July 14, 2016
The Texas Department of State Health Services is reminding swimmers and water skiers to take precautions to avoid infection from Naegleria fowleri, an ameba present in nearly all rivers, lakes, ponds and streams. The ameba can cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, an infection of the brain. Although infection is extremely rare, it is almost always fatal.
Nine cases of PAM have been reported in Texas since 2005 resulting in eight deaths, including a recent case of a teen from Harris County.
DSHS offers these precautions to reduce the already low risk of infection:
•Do not swim, ski, dive or jump into stagnant water.
•Hold your nose or use nose clips when jumping, skiing, diving or wakeboarding in any fresh water.
•Avoid putting your head underwater in hot springs and other warm fresh water bodies.
•If you use a Neti-Pot or syringe for nasal irrigation or participate in ritual nasal rinsing be sure to use only sterile, distilled, or lukewarm previously boiled water.
•Avoid digging in, or stirring up mud and scum while taking part in water-related activities in shallow, warm freshwater areas.
The ameba thrives in warm, stagnant water but may be present in any body of fresh water. A combination of lower water levels, high temperatures and stagnant or slow-moving water may produce higher concentrations of the ameba.
Infection can occur when water containing the ameba is forced up the nose when participating in water-related activities. The organism has also been found in tap water and can be introduced to the brain when tap water is used for nasal irrigation or sinus flushes. Symptoms may include severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting.
The ameba does not live in salt water or in swimming pools and hot tubs that are properly cleaned, maintained and treated with chlorine.
Closing lakes or other bodies of water is not a standard public health protection measure against PAM given that the amebas are ubiquitous, naturally occurring microorganisms and infections are extremely rare.
BURN IN EFFECT FOR ZAVALA COUNTY EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 23, 2016
LAREDO – The US 83 N. Nueces River Bridge between La Pryor and Uvalde officially re-opened to the traveling public today, March 21, 2016, one day sooner than scheduled. The long and intensive, yet efficiently constructed bridge rehabilitation was completed on time and under budget.
“The project was completed in almost half of the scheduled time,” said Justin E. Obinna, P.E., engineer in charge of construction. “The detour plan provided a net savings of over $224,000 to the tax payers. There were no injuries throughout the construction period,” he said.
This 15-span bridge built in 1950 is located 12 miles north of La Pryor, Texas, or reversely, 11 miles south of Uvalde, Texas was rehabilitated by Kiewit Infrastructure South Company at a estimate cost of $2 million. (CSJ 0037-020-52)
The traveling public is urged to continue observing safety signs and traffic control devices in all work zones.
For road conditions and traffic updates, follow the TxDOT Laredo District
Zavala County is Requesting Proposal for Credit Card Payments.
Please Contact the Auditor's Office at 830-374-2214 for full Details.
Deadline for submitting Proposals is Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Zavala County Courthouse | 200 E. Uvalde Street | Crystal City, Texas 78839 | Phone: 830-374-3810 | Fax: 830-374-5634
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