(Pocomoke, MD) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in a remote location southwest of Pocomoke City in Worcester County recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The mosquito pool containing EEE is located in the Hickory Point Natural Area west of Pocomoke and east of the Rehobeth, MD boat ramp. This is the second positive test for EEE in mosquitoes in Worcester in 2019, however, unlike the first results last month, this most recent incident involves a species of mosquito that is not attracted to mammals and feeds almost entirely on birds.
Naloxone/Narcan is a medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. Worcester County Health Department offers FREE Naloxone training to all interested community members across the county. We are also able to distribute Naloxone kits directly. For more information please visit DecisionsMatter.org.
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Fitness and a Festival! Join us for a 1-mile family fun walk through downtown Pocomoke City at the 4th Friday Street Festival, sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department.
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Snow Hill, MD - Vaccines are vital to protect children from potentially serious diseases. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s doctor to determine which vaccines are needed and schedule an appointment as needed.
Changes in Maryland law in 2015 expanded the vaccine requirements for students. For the 2019-2020 school year, students are required to have:
- Two doses of Varicella vaccine for all students entering Kindergarten through 5th grade.
- A single dose of Tdap vaccine students entering 7th - 12th grade.
- A single dose of Meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine for students entering 7th - 12th grade.
(July 31, 2019 Snow Hill, MD) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in the Whaleyville area of Worcester County recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first positive test for EEE in Worcester in 2019.
Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, eliminating standing water is critical for the control of mosquito populations. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.
The Worcester and Wicomico County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection with EEE or other mosquito borne illnesses:
Mosquitoes can act as carriers for a number of viruses. Join Captain Willie and his friends as they explore their yard looking for areas that might serve as mosquito breeding sites.
This video offers simple, practical advice for "Fighting the Bite" and preventing the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
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