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June 17, 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.
May 12, 2014- Second Confirmed Imported Case of MERS-CoV
A second imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United States, identified in a traveler, was confirmed May 11, 2014, by CDC and the Florida Department of Health. The traveler is a healthcare worker who resides and works in Saudi Arabia. This case is unlinked to the first case of MERS in the U.S.  See the CDC's and DHMH's guidance for health professionals posted below on May 2. 

May 6, 2014 - Measles Case Confirmed in Virginia
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) notified the Frederick County Health Department, Communicable Disease and Preparedness Program, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 of a confirmed case of measles in an individual in Virginia.  We ask Health Care Providers to increase their index of suspicion for measles in clinically compatible cases.  Click here for more information. 

May 6, 2014 - CDC Update for Clinicians on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
The CDC will convene an audio only telconference for clinicians today from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST.  No registration is required.  To join the call, dial 888-381-5779 and when prompted enter the passcode 6525394

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.   

The CDC maintains a Health Alert Network (HAN) that health professionals can sign up to directly receive alerts on issues of public health significance.    

June 11, 2013

H7N9 and MERS-CoV Information

CDC is continually updating guidance on both the H7N9 virus and the MERS-CoV virus and has recently issued some Health Alert Network (HAN) alerts which can be found at the link below: