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West Nile Virus found in Maryland patient for first time in 2019

Baltimore, MD–The Maryland Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in Maryland this year. The infected individual is an adult living in the National Capital Region in Maryland. MDH routinely tracks and responds to mosquito-borne infections.  No other locally acquired arbo-viral infections have been identified this year. The number of human West Nile Virus …


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Illinois patient’s death may be first in U.S. attributed to vaping

NOTTINGHAM, MD – Just days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of the potential dangers of vaping, the first U.S. death attributed to e-cigarettes appears to have occurred. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday reported the death of an individual who had recently vaped and was hospitalized with severe respiratory illness. IDPH officials say …


CDC investigating severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes

UPDATE: The first U.S. death attributed to vaping appears to have been reported. Original story below… —— NOTTINGHAM, MD – If you use e-cigarettes, you might want to reconsider. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing consultation to the departments of health in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Indiana, and Minnesota about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette …

Health officials searching for man who removed rabid raccoon from Baltimore County road

TOWSON, MD – Officials with the Baltimore County Department of Health are attempting to locate a man who removed a rabid raccoon from a Baltimore County roadway. On Friday, August 16, police responded to a call about a raccoon that was hit by a car on Slade Avenue in Pikesville (21208). The raccoon has tested positive for rabies and health …

Hummus recalled due to Listeria risk

NOTTINGHAM, MD – Pita Pal Foods, LP of Houston, TX has issued a voluntary recall of certain hummus products made between May 30, 2019 and June 25, 2019, due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility (not in finished product) during an FDA inspection. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes …

MDTA I-895 administration building reopens, toll plazas accepting cash payment

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has reopened the administration building, cash lanes, and E-ZPass Customer Service Center at the Interstate 895/Baltimore Harbor Tunnel facility. The Harbor Tunnel toll plaza is back to normal operations. Cash customers can now stop at the toll booths to make payment. MDTA officials closed the building on Tuesday out of an abundance …