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Department of Health Seeks People Who May Have Been Exposed

The Baltimore County Department of Health was notified on June 2 about a fox that has since tested positive for rabies. The rabid fox was recovered from the 2300 block of Sugarcone Road in Pikesville 21209, on Friday, May 29.

If you, anyone you know or your pet have had any direct exposure (bites, scratches or licks) to a fox between May 15 to 29, 2015, please contact the Baltimore County Department of Health immediately at 410-887-6011. If calling after 4:30 p.m., call 410-832-7182. Additionally, contact your medical provider for treatment.

The Baltimore County Department of Health reminds citizens of the potential dangers of feeding or handling any wildlife and provides the following rabies prevention tips:

  • Everyone should consider the risk of rabies and other diseases before taking in or interacting with any animal, especially if their home contains children, persons with certain illnesses, elderly or other pets.

  • Since rabies remains uncontrolled in the wild, avoid contact with wildlife as well as stray or feral animals, especially if they appear to be sick. There is no risk-free contact with these animals with regard to physical injury, rabies and other diseases.

  • Do not provide food, water or shelter to wildlife or strays. For pets that are fed outdoors, do not leave food or water bowls out for extended periods, especially overnight. Contain garbage in tightly-covered containers.

  • Persons considering adopting stray or feral cats should speak with a veterinarian for guidance. Contact your doctor and the local health department if you are bitten or scratched by a stray or feral cat.

  • Keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up-to-date. Do not allow pets (even cats) to freely roam the neighborhood

Baltimore County Animal Services provides low-cost rabies vaccinations and spay/neutering. For information on getting your pet spayed-neutered, micro-chipped, licensed or vaccinated against rabies, visit Animal Services or call 410-887-PAWS (7297).

June 3 at the Oregon Ridge Lodge

The Baltimore County Department of Health is hosting its Fourth Annual Public Health Benefits Conference on June 3 at the Oregon Ridge Lodge in Cockeysville. The free event is intended to educate health care professionals about Medicaid programs for their clients.

Case managers, clinicians, outreach and social workers attending this event will learn about Medical Assistance programs, eligibility requirements and how to access the approval process. Programs covered are:

  • Maryland Children’s Health Program
  • Administrative Care Coordination Unit for Managed Care Organization Updates
  • New Substance Abuse Carve-out Process
  • DentaQuest
  • The Coordinating Center
  • Women, Infants and Children Program
  • Medical Assistance Transportation
  • Medical Assistance Personal Care Program
  • Value Options

Session Details

In order to accommodate the maximum number of participants, the conference is offering a morning and an afternoon session. The morning session is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Oregon Ridge Lodge is located at 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville 21030. Free parking is available. Registration is required.

Social Work continuing education credits will be awarded. The Baltimore County Department of Health is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to provide Category I Continuing Education Credits.

For questions or more information, contact Gina Meyer at 410-887-0598.

Member of Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health Community

The Baltimore County Department of Health is conducting a contact investigation regarding a confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB) in a County resident who is a member of The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health community.

 A small number of individuals who had significant contact with the TB confirmed individual, who are strongly recommended to get tested, have already been notified. In collaboration with the Baltimore County Department of Health, the Baltimore City Health Department will follow up with individuals in The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health community who are strongly recommended to get TB testing. This contact investigation is on-going.

TB is a disease caused by bacteria that usually affect the lungs. Although this disease is spread from person to person through the air, a person needs to be in close contact for an extended amount of time to become infected. TB in the lungs can cause:

  • A bad cough that lasts longer than 2 weeks
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs)
  • Other symptoms that might include weakness or tiredness, unexpected weight loss, chills, fever or night sweats

For more information about this case investigation:

  • Media reporters, call the Public Information Officer at 410-887-6092.
  • For general questions relating to TB and this case investigation, call the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-2711.
  • If you have been notified that you are a contact and have questions regarding testing, call the
    Baltimore City Health Department at 410-396-9413.

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