Frequent rain and flooding in May and June have helped mosquito populations multiply across Maryland — to three times their normal early summer numbers. The state has increased spraying to limit the public health threat and nuisance.
Harford County has been free – so far – this summer from major health crises based on environmental factors, but the case of two men who died in July in separate incidents, tragedies can be the result of simple, everyday encounters with creatures or the elements.
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine will begin testing a Zika vaccine in humans before the end of the year as part of an aggressive effort to curtail the virus blamed for a devastating birth defect
Monday marks the beginning of Zika Awareness Week as proclaimed by Gov. Larry Hogan, and state and local health officials are reaching out to inform the public about the risks of Zika , as well as simple actions to mitigate those risks.
The rare tropical disease spreading rapidly in Latin American and the Caribbean that authorities suspect is linked to a devastating birth defect is raising alarms in other countries including the United States.
Although the Laurel city mosquito abatement program concluded its sprayings on Sunday, the Maryland Department of Agriculture is working with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to investigate the death of a 94-year-old Laurel woman on Sept. 8 after her daughter confirmed she was a victim of the West Nile virus.
State health officials are weighing new safeguards for research laboratories and biotechnology companies that handle potentially deadly infectious pathogens, but whether they will impose any remains a question because they don't know how big a threat there is.
In light of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's reports Friday of the first three confirmed cases of symptomatic West Nile virus this year, Harford County Health Department is recommending resident take measures to prevent infection and reduce risk
A fatal West Nile virus case reported recently in Maryland is prompting the Harford County Health Department to ask residents to take precautions against contracting the potentially fatal disease, which is carried by mosquitoes from infected birds to humans.
Six Queen Anne's County residents have been diagnosed with a strain of swine flu that has been infecting people across the country, including many who have been attending state and local agricultural fairs, according to state health officials.
An unusually large number of people have come down with the respiratory disease whooping cough this year around the nation, and in Maryland, prompting public health officials to issue warnings about booster shots for adults and children.