The departmental mission is to provide outstanding services in environmental health and in order to promote wellness and prevent disease in our community through prevention today and healthier tomorrow. This will be accomplished through the intellectual use of human resources, technology, education and common sense.
The City of DeSoto Health Department only offers environmental health-related services. For medical and immunization services, contact your family physician or the Dallas County Health Department.
Below are helpful phone numbers and websites:
Dallas County Health Department Services, Region 2/3
Texas Department of State Health
Tip of the Month
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization and death. Some people such as older people, young children and people with certain health condition might be at high risk of flu complication. Flu viruses is most common during fall and winter. People with flu can spread it up to 6 feet away mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza. Flu vaccines can reduce illness, doctor's visit and missed work and school due to flu. If you get sick with flu, antiviral drugs may be a treatment option. Check with doctor promptly if you are at high risk of serious flu complication and you get flu symptom
Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bite.
Holidays Cooking Tips
Thawing any frozen food specially Turkey in the holiday season requires patience. The safest method to thaw is to refrigerate. Plan ahead, it takes 4-5 days to thaw 20 lbs turkey in refrigerator.
In the process of Turkey cooking, if it is in the oven, let it cook for at least 45 minutes. When you remove turkey from the oven use an instant-read thermometer to determine temperature and it should read above 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are some best Thanksgiving Turkey recipe. Use safe Food Handling method during cooking process.
Raw milk is milk from any animal that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. Raw milk can carry harmful bacteria and other germs that can make you very sick or kill you. While it is possible to get food borne illness from many different food, raw milk is one of the riskiest of all. People are shopping at farmer's market, purchasing organic food, participating in food cooperatives, and even growing their own food. Many people are eating food with minimal processing and some are even choosing to drink raw milk. Raw milk and products made from raw milk pose severe health risk, including death. That's because raw milk has not undergone a process called pasteurization that kills disease causing germs. Read more health risk about the raw milk here