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Meningitis Cases Associated with Injectable Steroids PDF Print E-mail

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), in conjunction with other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), continues to investigate an association between spinal injections and the development of meningitis as part of a larger multi-state investigation. 

As this investigation continues, the Department will post updates off its home page,
www.dhmh.maryland.gov  under “Meningitis Cases Associated with Injectable Steroids.”

 

DHMH continues to urge people who have new or worsening symptoms, including symptoms of meningitis or stroke, following an injection of methylprednisolone acetate from one of the seven Maryland facilities that received the implicated NECC lots to contact their healthcare provider to determine if further evaluation is indicated. Symptoms of meningitis can include fever, headache, neck stiffness, photophobia, nausea, or vomiting. Stroke symptoms can include but are not limited to double vision, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, or difficulty walking.

 

Facilities that have received and pulled from use the affected product are:

Berlin Interventional Pain Management, Berlin, MD

Box Hill Surgery Center, Abingdon, MD

Greenspring Surgery Center, Baltimore, MD

Harford County Ambulatory Surgery Center, Edgewood, MD

Maryland Pain Specialists, Towson, MD

SurgCenter of Bel Air, Bel Air, MD

Zion Ambulatory Center, Baltimore, MD

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:27
 
About West Nile Virus PDF Print E-mail

West Nile virus (WNV) is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. 

The easiest and best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.

 The following steps may help you avoid contact with mosquitoes:

  • Stay indoors at dawn or early evening
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors
  • Use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered insect repellent and following package instructions
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by:
    • Removing all discarded tires from your property
    • Disposing of any water-holding containers
    • Changing the water in pet dishes and replacing the water in bird baths weekly
    • Drilling holes in tires swings so water drains out
    • Keeping children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used
For more information about West Nile virus and tips on how to protect yourself, please click here.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 08:18
 
About Legionella PDF Print E-mail
Legionella is a bacteria that can cause a type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease. The disease is caused by inhaling mist from water containing the bacteria. The bacteria are present in many different manmade and natural water systems. Each year, 8,000 - 18,000 people in the United States are hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease. The disease is usually treated successfully with antibiotics, but can sometimes be fatal. The disease is not spread from person to person. Certain groups of people are more likely to become seriously ill when infected with Legionella:
  • Elderly people.
  • Smokers.
  • People with chronic lung disease.
  • People with weakened immune systems because of disease or medications.
Symptoms of Legionaires' disease include high fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may occur including abdominal pain, diarrhea or severe body aches. See your primary care provider if you have symptoms.

The following links provide information about Legionella:

CDC General Legionella Information

CDC Patient Facts







Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 07:17
 


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Salisbury, MD. – Dorchester, Somerset, Sussex, Wicomico and Worcester counties invite 
the public to Emergency Preparedness Night on August 23rd at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
 
The Delmarva Shorebirds will play against the Asheville Tourists at 7:05 p.m.
Representatives from local health departments, emergency management agencies, and 
volunteer organizations will host exhibit booths promoting emergency preparedness 
before and during the baseball game. 
 
Come out to the ballpark to support the Shorebirds and learn how you can be better 
prepared for life’s curve balls. 
 
The event is co-sponsored by the health departments and emergency management offices 
of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties, Ocean City and the Maryland
and Delaware Offices of Emergency Management. 
 
Snow Hill, Maryland- August 1, 2014.  Get fit, lose weight, and improve your health with certified lifestyle coaches through group sessions beginning August 25th in Snow Hill.  The Lifestyle Balance Program is a year-long, healthy eating, physical activity, and weight loss program that has been proven effective in reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, assisting in weight loss and maintenance of a healthy body weight, and decreasing the risk for heart disease and stroke.  
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Baltimore, MD (August 11, 2014) --State and local officials have been working since last year to prepare Maryland parents and schools for new school immunization requirements for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade this fall.  All kindergartners must have had two chickenpox (varicella) vaccinations.  All 7th graders must receive a pertussis booster (Tdap) and dose of meningitis vaccines.  School officials and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) are urging parents to make sure their child is appropriately immunized against these diseases prior to the start of school.  Children may be excluded from school if they do not have these vaccinations.
“We have spent the past year helping parents and schools prepare for these school immunization requirements,"  said Dr. Laura Herrera, Deputy Secretary for DHMH Public Health Services.  "We want to be sure all Maryland children start the school year with up-to-date vaccinations and are ready to learn.”
Immunizations are one of public health’s greatest triumphs.  With the exception of safe water, no other health strategy-- not even the creation of antibiotics--has had such a tremendous effect on reducing disease.  Despite the availability of safe and effective immunizations, thousands of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases occur in the United States every year.  Consider the following facts about varicella, pertussis and meningitis: 
 
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that can be spread before a person knows they have the disease.
Chickenpox can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and brain damage.
One out of five people who get meningococcal meningitis experience serious complications, such as the loss of limb(s), permanent hearing loss, or mental impairment.
In recent years, adolescents (11-18 yrs) and adults (19 yrs and older) have accounted for an increasing proportion of pertussis cases. 
Infants who are at highest risk for complications and death due to pertussis are often infected by older siblings, parents or caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.
 
In preparation for the new requirements, local health departments are holding special back-to-school clinics throughout the state.  Parents should call their doctor or local health department to learn if their child needs any of the school-required vaccinations and make arrangements to receive the missing vaccines so their child will not be excluded from school.
 


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