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.
Almost a year after deploying to Liberia to help fight Ebola, soldiers with the 1st Area Medical Laboratory are still combing over the experience, looking to share tips that might help the Army better respond to major disease outbreaks in future.
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.
As public health officials seek to get an Ebola vaccine to Africa as soon as possible, human trials are being conducted in Baltimore, Silver Spring and Mali by University of Maryland scientists and other researchers.
As the Ebola virus kills seven out of 10 who contract the disease in West Africa (says the World Health Organization), and as officials in the U.S. work to contain it and develop a vaccine, warnings from Gallo and Sommer bear repeating, especially in a country that considers itself medically and scientifically exceptional.
As officials investigate how the nurses contracted Ebola despite following safety guidelines, caregivers in Maryland are examining if they have the training and equipment to protect themselves should the virus travel here.
As the Ebola virus was ravaging West Africa, two American health workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were airlifted back to the United States to be treated with an experimental drug. They are now in Atlanta, recovering.
Public health officials have but one tactic to battle the unrelenting Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa – quarantine – but as the disease nonetheless continues to spread, scientists in Maryland are among those close to discovering other weapons.