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Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Special Announcements
October 8, 2014 - Directive and Order from the Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene issued regarding the investigation and control of Ebola.  

June 16, 2014 - MERS Directive from DHMH
On June 16, 2014, Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, issued a directive and order requiring all health care providers and health care facilities to report possible Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases.  For more information, see this letter from Lucy Wilson, M.D., Sc.M, Chief of the Center for Surveillance, Infection Prevention and Outbreak Response.  To see the full text of Secretary Sharfstein's order, click here.

CDC Advisories & Alerts
Updated Ebola Virus Disease Information for Clinicians in US Healthcare Settings
Click here for the clinical updates from the CDC.  

UPDATED Case Definition for Ebola Virus Disease - Click here for the case definition from the CDC.  

CDC FAQs: Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in US Hospitals
FAQs can be found here.  Additional information can be found on the CDC's main webpage for Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever.  

August 1, 2014 - Testing for Suspected Chikungunya and Dengue Virus Infections
The Director of the Laboratory Administration of DHMH issued a memo regarding the availability of testing for suspected travel-associated Chikungunya and Dengue Virus infections and instructions for submission of specimens.  Click here to read about the additional option available in Maryland.  

May 2, 2014 - MERS-CoV - First Case in US Imported
Today, the CDC announced the first case of MERS-CoV in the US.  The CDC's press release related to this case can be found here.  The CDC's posted Interim Guidance for Health Professionals provides the current US recommendations on who should be evaluated, laboratory testing, infection control, management of contacts, and the definition of a patient under investigation (PUI).   

Click here for Maryland-specific guidance on testing was published May 2, 2014 by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.   

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