Update: Worcester County Health Department investigates rabid bat found in Pocomoke

Pocomoke, Md. – During the investigation of a rabid bat found in Pocomoke last week, a colony of bats was identified in a structure on Third Street. A wildlife control professional was brought in to exclude the bats from the structure. The health department has received several calls from residents in the surrounding area reporting bats found on their property.

If a dead bat is found and there has been no human or animal contact, dispose of the bat by using a shovel or other tool to place the carcass into a bag. Seal the bag and place the bag into a covered trash receptacle.

If an individual or pet animal has had contact with a bat, especially a bite or a scratch, contact the Worcester County Environmental Health program at 410-352-3234 or after hours the local police department or 911 to report the bat.  If available, the bat may need to be collected for rabies testing.

Bats have small teeth which may leave marks which are not easily seen. There are certain circumstances when a person might not be aware or may be unable to tell you that they have been bitten. These circumstances include:
·         If a sleeping person awakes to find a bat in the room
·         If a bat is found in a room with an unattended child
·         If a bat is found near a person with disabilities
·         If a bat is found near a person who is intoxicated
Rabies is a serious disease that is spread through the saliva of the infected animal, as well as from bites and scratches. When a person is bitten by or exposed to the saliva of a rabid animal, the disease can be prevented with appropriate medical treatment.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 12:55


The Worcester County Health Department is committed to helping smokers establish new behavior patterns that lead to a tobacco free lifestyle.  Smoking cessation aids (CHANTIX, gum, patch, lozenges) are available through a voucher program. 

The Worcester County Health Department will be sponsoring a FREE smoking cessation group at the Berlin Health Center, 9730 Healthway Drive.  The program will be held on Tuesdays, from 5-6 pm starting on July 1st and concluding September 16th.  A “Motivation to Quit” class will be held on July 1st from 5-6 pm at the Berlin Health.
Interested parties can register at this session or by calling the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-0056.

Professionally trained instructors can help participants create a supportive environment to break the smoking addiction. Each individual will learn how to develop a customized plan for quitting.  The smoking cessation course consists of 7 sessions
covering topics such as stress management, weight control, assertive communication, how to develop a quit plan, relapse prevention, and physical activity.  Vouchers are available if a participant would like to add nicotine replacement therapy to their behavior change efforts.  Nicotine replacement therapies covered by the voucher program include the patch, gum, and lozenge. Vouchers are also available to help offset the cost of CHANTIX for individuals meeting specific program requirements.

Instructors will teach a step-by-step method for changing behavior and quitting smoking.  A registered dietitian will teach participants how to reduce weight gain when quitting smoking. The group approach uses positive thinking, alternative behaviors, and group support to help participants stop smoking.

As part of the course, the participants will learn how to identify triggers for relapse and how to develop a plan to prevent it. The course will teach you how to quit smoking and how to stay quit.  You can become a non-smoker!

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 10:44
The United states reports its first case of MERS CoV

In May, 2014 the United states reported its first case of MERS CoV in a traveler to Saudi Arabia.  Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.  Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness.

For more information, click here.

CDC link: http://www.cdc.gov/CORONAVIRUS/MERS

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:58
Free Healthy Business Forum Offered

The Lower Shore business community can learn how worksite wellness saves money and increases productivity at a free healthy business forum to be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn on South Salisbury Boulevard, Salisbury, Maryland.

The Wicomico and Worcester County Health Departments, together with Healthiest Maryland Businesses, invite business owners, human resource professionals, finance staff, benefit coordinators, and health champions from businesses located in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties to attend the forum. Participants must register online by May 15, 2014 at  tinyurl.com/nqaosnm.

The forum will include presentations about worksite wellness programs implemented at local businesses, creating wellness policies, and developing environments that support healthy lifestyle behaviors for employees. There will also be networking opportunities with other professionals as well as with area agencies that will share what they have to offer to businesses. A light breakfast and giveaways will also be provided.

Seating is limited. For more information call 410-334-3480.

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or the State of Maryland.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:05


BALTIMORE (July 17, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has begun tracking West Nile virus (WNV) and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes for the 2014 season. Maryland residents should take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites in order to prevent West Nile Virus. The Department also tracks cases of imported mosquito-borne diseases, such as chikungunya and dengue viruses.


Martin O’Malley announced the formation of the Overdose Prevention Council to counter an increase in the number of overdose deaths in an executive order released today. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, the state has added drug and alcohol overdose deaths to theAdministration’s 16 strategic goals and is currently working to drive down overdose deaths by 20 percent by 2015.


BALTIMORE, MD (June 25, 2014) – The first heat-related deaths of the 2014 season have occurred, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced. Both people who died were adults over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions. One was a female in Harford County and the other a male in Baltimore County. Both deaths occurred during the week of June 17 to June 23.


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