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Howard County health officials prepare for Zika virus

Howard County health officials prepare for Zika virus

Howard County health officials are preparing for potential dangers posed by Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that prompted the World Health Organization to declare an international public health emergency last month.

Four cases of the virus have been confirmed in Maryland, up from three last week, according to Maryland health officials.

Howard County General Hospital is working closely with Johns Hopkins Medicine to prepare for potential cases, said hospital spokeswoman Sharon Sopp.

Johns Hopkins Medicine is organizing information sessions for employees across six hospitals in its system.

"These presentations and the question-and-answer sessions that follow have...

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