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CDC reports 101 confirmed cases of illness due to elevated lead, chromium levels in cinnamon applesauce pouches

WASHINGTON—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food & Drug Administration continue to investigate cases of reported illnesses due to elevated levels of lead and chromium found in recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches. To date, confirmed complainants, or people for whom a complaint or adverse event was submitted and met FDA’s complainant definition, are between zero and 53 years of …


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Olszewski announces new Baltimore County Quick Response Team to provide overdose care, connections to treatment

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski this week announced the launch of a Quick Response Team pilot program that will provide mobile, on-demand overdose care, resources, and harm reduction services to respond in real time to residents experiencing overdoses. “We are committed to combatting the deadly opioid epidemic – and preventing overdose deaths by ensuring residents have access to critical …


FDA continues to investigate elevated lead, chromium levels found in cinnamon applesauce pouches as reports of adverse reactions mount

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to investigate reports of adverse reactions due to elevated levels of lead and chromium found in cinnamon applesauce pouches across the country. As of January 8, 2024, FDA has received 87 confirmed complaints/reports of adverse events potentially linked to recalled products. To date, confirmed complainants, or people for whom a complaint or adverse …

Maryland Department of Health receives $2.5M grant to address Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias

Baltimore, MD—The Maryland Department of Health has been awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand Alzheimer’s and related dementias prevention and care programs in the state. The grant period is from September 30, 2023 to September 29, 2028. Maryland is one of 43 states, cities, and territories to receive funding …

Maryland Department of Health announces first travel-related death due to tickborne illness Powassan

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Friday announced the first travel-related Powassan virus death in Maryland. The Department confirmed the presence of Powassan, which is spread by the bite of an infected tick, on September 22, with subsequent follow-ups reinforcing that result. “We are very saddened to report the first death due to the Powassan virus in our state,” …

Maryland Department of Health announces first human case of West Nile virus for 2023

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health this week announced that an adult living in the Eastern Shore region has tested positive for West Nile virus – the first confirmed human case of the virus in Maryland this year. The patient is recovering from the infection. West Nile is transmitted to humans via mosquitoes infected by feeding on birds that have …

Maryland Department of Health announces positive case of locally acquired malaria

Baltimore, MD—The Maryland Department of Health has confirmed and reported a positive case of locally acquired malaria in a Maryland resident who lives in the National Capital Region. The individual was hospitalized and is now recovering. They did not travel recently outside of the United States or to other U.S. states with recent locally acquired malaria cases. “Malaria was once …

Listeria outbreak potentially linked to ice cream cups

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with state and local partners, are investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections potentially linked to Soft Serve On The Go ice cream cups produced by Real Kosher Ice Cream of Brooklyn, NY. Based on epidemiological data provided by CDC, both sick people reported eating …