Disease control and chronic disease prevention are urgent service delivery priorities especially with the health disparity and the continued threat of infectious foodborne and vectorborne disease as well environmental exposure. To meet these health care challenges both infrastructure and human resources are critical. Laredo like other US/Mexico Border communities provides daily services that state and/or federal partners should respond to both in disease control and health security (infectious diseases, pandemics, all hazards threats, illegal food entry). The Texas/Mexico Border in particular continues to face border health security threats with infectious and all hazards threats. Yet, because of insufficient systems, international and regional exposure we have one of the highest morbidity and mortality rates (tuberculosis, new infections/H1N1, diabetes) potentially crippling the front door to the U.S. The US/Mexico border with its ever present bi-national imminent threat is a serious concern that warrants immediate and sustained disease control, surveillance and detection (testing) because disease does not respect borders. Public Health Emergency Response at the border is preparedness, response and health security for the nation.

Target Agencies

Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Office of Global Health

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Department of Homeland Security


Dr. Hector Gonzalez
Health Department Director

2600 Cedar Avenue
Laredo, Texas 78040

Phone: (956) 795-4900
Fax: (956) 726-2632


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