All Worcester County Health Department office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th for the holiday. Call 410-632-1100 for more information.
The Worcester County Health Department will host a free, week-long health and wellness camp for youth age 12-17 this summer. From June 17-21, campers will learn about the importance of health, fitness, setting personal goals and much more. The summer camp is part of Worcester Health’s Promoting Health Among Teens program and will feature guest speakers, snacks and lunch, learning activities and field trips to locations around Worcester including the Jolly Roger amusement park in Ocean City.
“Our new summer wellness camp is an opportunity for teens to learn about taking care of their personal health, physical and mental,” said Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention Services for Worcester Health, “while also having a fun time, going on field trips, and enjoying summer on the shore.”
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.
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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.
- 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.
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We headed to the beautiful Pocomoke River State Park-Shad Landing to learn the best way to cook on an open fire. Thank you to the awesome Park Rangers who taught us about healthy campfire cooking. This video is Part 1 of 3. Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 later in May. Happy spring, campers!
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