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Zika Virus Disease Zika Virus

Zika virus is a virus spread to people through mosquito bites of
Aedes species mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have occurred in Africa, Southest Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

Information for Pregnant Women
Avoiding Mosquito Bites
Information for Travelers

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Ebola Virus Disease

The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (“Ebola”) outbreak is primarily affecting countries in western Africa though has more recently caused Ebola cases diagnosed in the United States and other countries. The Frederick County Health Department is monitoring the situation and working very closely with community and state partners in preparing for and responding to situations that might be related to Ebola.

Local and State Activity
  • Information on state preparation for Ebola can be found on the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website
  • Frederick County Health Department continually monitors the Ebola situation.
  • The health department and partners are discussing protocols, conducting drills and training staff in preparation for any potential Ebola response.
  • The health department and Frederick Memorial Hospital are working with local health care providers on procedures and tools to ensure proper screening.
General Information about Ebola
The health department recommends members of the public learn more about Ebola Virus Disease, its signs and symptoms, and how it is spread by using information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ebola Information for Health Care Providers
Additional information about Ebola for Health Care Providers can be found here.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About 30% of these people died. So far, all the cases have been linked to 6 countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula.

CDC continues to closely monitor the MERS-CoV situation globally and work with partners to better understand the risks of this virus, including the source, how it spreads, and how infections might be prevented. The risk to the general public is extremely low. For the most current information about MERS Co-V, please visit the CDC website.

May 12, 2014: On May 11, 2014, a second U.S. imported case of MERS was confirmed in a traveler who also came to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia. This patient is currently hospitalized and doing well. People who had close contact with this patient are being contacted. The 2 U.S. cases are not linked.

CDC and other public health partners continue to investigate and respond to the changing situation to prevent the spread of MERS-CoV in the U.S. These 2 cases of MERS imported to the U.S. represent a very low risk to the general public in this country.

May 2, 2014
: The first U.S. case of MERS-CoV was reported by the CDC on May 2, 2014, involving a man in Indiana who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia. The CDC says the virus has spread from ill people to others through close contact but has not shown to spread "in a sustained way in communities." The risk to the general public is low.

Frederick County Scores High in Public Health Preparedness
April 8, 2014: Frederick County Health Department scored 100% on the Technical Assistance Review (TAR) of its Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution Plan (formerly the Strategic National Stockpile Plan). The review was conducted by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. This achievement could not have been possible without the collaboration and support of our many Frederick County partners.
Zombie Preparedness
Are you prepared for a Zombie Pandemic? The CDC has started a campaign to help you prepare for zombies, or for any other public health emergency that might happen. The great thing about being prepared is that you need the same things if you're preparing for zombies, a hurricane, or winter weather! Get a kit, make a plan, be prepared!

For more information about preparing for zombies (or whatever might happen!), check out the CDC's graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic."
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