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First case of presumed human monkeypox virus identified in Maryland, risk of transmission remains low

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Thursday identified the first presumed case of human monkeypox virus infection in an adult Maryland resident from the National Capital Region. The individual is currently recovering in isolation and is not hospitalized. The initial testing was conducted at the State Public Health …


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FDA investigating hepatitis outbreak potentially connected to organic strawberries

BALTIMORE, MD—The FDA, along with CDC, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, state, and local partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the United States and Canada potentially linked to fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo and HEB, purchased between March 5, 2022, and April 25, 2022. Currently, the potentially …


Monkeypox confirmed in Maryland resident who traveled to Nigeria

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed a single case of monkeypox virus infection in a Maryland resident who recently returned from Nigeria. The individual presented with mild symptoms, is currently recovering in isolation, and is not hospitalized. MDH officials, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, say that no special precautions are recommended for …

Walmart recalls Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray due to rare, dangerous bacteria; two deaths investigated

BALTIMORE, MD—Walmart is recalling about 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens-branded- Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones in six different scents due to the possible presence of a rare and dangerous bacteria and risk of serious injury and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested a version of the product and determined that it contained …

First human case of West Nile virus this year confirmed in Baltimore metro area

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday announced that an adult living in the Baltimore metropolitan area has tested positive for the West Nile virus – the first confirmed human case of the virus in Maryland this year. The West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes who have been infected by feeding on birds who have the …

Bird illness reports decrease, DNR lifts recommendation to stop feeding

NOTTINGHAM, MD—As of mid-August, reports of a strange illness affecting many local birds have decreased in many jurisdictions. On Tuesday, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources lifted its previous recommendation to stop feeding birds. In late May, wildlife managers in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and other states began receiving reports of sick and dying birds. Several …

Baltimore County Public Schools drops masking requirement in schools, offices

TOWSON, MD—As of July 1, masks will no longer be required in the schools and offices of Baltimore County Public Schools, in alignment with state guidelines. Masks are still required on school buses unless the driver and bus attendant are alone, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The BCPS mitigation plan has been updated with additional …

Maryland reports zero COVID-19 deaths for first time since October 2020

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Sunday announced that the State of Maryland is reporting zero new COVID-19 deaths for the first time since October 18, 2020. The Maryland Department of Health reported 42 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday—the first time under 50 since March 23, 2020 The state is also reporting a record-low 7-day positivity rate of 0.72%—down …