AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of State Health Services has announced the state will start accepting new patients with hematite cysts.
The announcement comes just days after a similar announcement by the University of Texas at Austin, which has received more than 30,000 cases of hematites since September.
Both hospitals are currently operating under the assumption that patients with these infections will require a transfusion or have to be hospitalized.
The new patient pool will be based on the following criteria:•The patient has had a hematitic cyst or a recent history of hematuria.•The hematitism or infection is severe, and the patient is unable to safely be discharged from the hospital.•There are no contraindications for receiving antibiotics, and no other medications are required.
“This announcement represents the first step in our ongoing effort to make Texas the safest state in the nation to receive and use antibiotics,” Gov.
Greg Abbott said in a statement.
“This is a tremendous step toward making our state the leader in combating this disease, which is a global epidemic that has killed thousands of Americans and millions of other people worldwide.”
Read more about the hematitites:Texas is among the states where the number of hemitites has quadrupled over the past decade.
In 2016, Texas had about 30,700 hemitite cystic cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2019, the state had more than 1.4 million.
Hematites are bacteria that are formed when an immune system destroys or dies.
Hematites cause the cells to become red and have an orange-brown appearance.
Patients who have hemitits typically have anemia, which can be caused by a lack of iron, or a genetic predisposition to develop hematurias.
Texas has received nearly 300,000 treatment requests for hemititites since the beginning of the year.