If lawmakers in Washington truly seek to strengthen America against all threats foreign or domestic, they must reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act. Isolationism is not an option with infectious diseases, and PAHPRA keeps the United States engaged and vigilant.
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.
While we have detailed quarterly reports on opioid deaths from Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, these are simply not timely enough to prevent more deaths from occurring. It is clear that we need real-time information on this crisis if we want to stop it. This is not a new idea, but rather the core of "active surveillance, " an effective, time-tested method of controlling epidemics. It played a major role in our country's quick response to the arrival of the Zika virus. But we
By Madeline Jackson, Charlotte Kaye and Akachimere Uzosike
There have been five travel-related cases of the virus so far this year in Maryland, and other states continue to report cases, including Florida where someone acquired the virus directly from a mosquito bite
Many pregnant women may not have heard of cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a common virus that can lead to hearing loss and mental retardation or even death of their babies, but thanks to the widespread attention given to the similarly devastating virus Zika word may be spreading
Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers working with scientists in Colombia have discovered what they believe is the strongest evidence yet that the Zika virus causes neurological problems in adults. Much of the medical concern about the mosquito-borne Zika has been directed at pregnant women because the virus can cause microcephaly – brain damage and a abnormally small head – in babies. The new research shows the health fallout from the disease may be more widespread than once thought.
The $1.1 billion allocated by Congress last week to target Zika will mean more money for states and localities to control and monitor for the mosquito-borne virus and for researchers to development of vaccines and diagnostic tests
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
With more than 800 cases of the Zika virus diagnosed in the U.S. -- 26 of them in Maryland -- Harford County and state health officials want residents to have as much information possible about the mosquito-borne disease and how to prevent it.
As officials monitor mosquito levels throughout the state, the Maryland Department of Agriculture announced sprayings to begin Sunday, June 5 in Laurel after high mosquito counts were found around Calendon Court off Van Dusen Road.
Summer weather may bring warmth, but mosquito sprayings have become routine in Laurel as city officials ask residents to prevent mosquito breeding grounds and take precautions against the mosquito-borne Zika virus reported throughout the country.
As the mosquito-borne Zika virus catches the attention of the country, state and local officials are issuing precautions against the virus alongside the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while also sharing presentative measures to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds in communities.
Baltimore County officials are taking steps to raise awareness about the Zika virus, a disease that has caused birth defects in infants in South America since an outbreak began on that continent last year.
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 rapid spread of the Zika virus — and its now clear association with microcephaly in babies exposed prenatally — has put extraordinary pressure on the research community to develop a vaccine as rapidly as possible. But accelerating the development of this vaccine is not only scientifically and logistically complicated, it is ethically complicated.
By Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Carleigh Krubiner and Ruth Faden
About 350 cases of Zika have been confirmed in the United States, including eight in Maryland. With those numbers expected to continue to rise, it's important that people understand what Zika is, how it can be transmitted and what they can do to protect themselves, because there currently is no vaccine to prevent the disease or drug to treat it.
With an official link established this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between Zika and birth defects, and warmer weather expected to propel the mosquito-borne virus north, the push is intensifying for a drug to prevent or treat infections
Microcephaly has been in the news lately related to the Zika virus outbreak spreading in many South American countries, especially Brazil. It seems that there is a correlation between prenatal exposure to the Zika virus in women who then give birth to children with microcephaly.
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.
Johns Hopkins neuroscientists and their partners in Florida and Atlanta have shown the Zika virus destroying or damaging cells that are the building blocks of brain development in the lab, another step toward confirming the Zika's connection to the birth defect microcephaly.
Even though Zika virus is unlikely to be spread by mosquitoes in Maryland, its arrival here this month is a wake-up call to restore our strength in public health — something we were much better at in the last century.
Maryland health officials announced Thursday the state's first confirmed case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus alarming public health officials with its rapid spread throughout Latin American and the Caribbean and suspected links to birth defects.
While the headlines and world health officials are focused on the Zika virus, and the state health department warns it could soon reach Maryland, it's a good time to remind people that it's far more likely you'll contract another type of virus in the next few weeks; one that kills more than 30,000 people in the U.S. each year and can be prevented with a single shot. Carroll health officials are warning that flu season is just getting started, and often extends into March and April. So if
As carriers of the Zika virus get closer to Maryland, the state health department said Friday it is keeping in close contact with federal health officials about spread of the disease and will soon begin testing people who have traveled to regions where it is prevalent.
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.