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Childhood lead poisoning in Maryland drops as state moves to respond to greater range of cases under more protective standard

BALTIMORE (October 26, 2020) – Childhood lead poisoning cases in Maryland decreased last year to the lowest levels since data has been collected in connection with the state’s 1994 lead law, according to the 2019 Childhood Blood Lead Surveillance report, released today by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).

Historically low levels were reached in lead poisoning cases as defined by the benchmark used for many years by the state, including in 2019. Meanwhile, cases relating to a more protective standard that helps form the basis of Maryland’s current actions to reduce childhood lead poisoning also showed a steady and continuing decline. The new report also shows increased numbers of children tested for lead exposure under Maryland’s universal testing program.

Worcester Health offering fall flu clinics

 

(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department encourages everyone to get your flu vaccine this year and are offering flu clinics for county residents this fall starting at the end of October. Appointments for the drive thru flu vaccine clinics are required.

Dates, times, and locations are as follows:

Flu Season FAQs

What is the difference between COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza (Flu)?

From the CDC: Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.

Worcester Health requests community proposals for mini-grant projects

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