April 26, 2017 | Sonya Burke

A Warning from Health Officials: Don’t Pick Up that Wild Animal, No Matter How Cute and Cuddly

Montgomery County health officials are warning residents to resist the urge to touch wild animals, including baby squirrels, raccoons and baby foxes. According to Mary Anderson, a spokesperson for Montgomery County, there have been several instances in the last few weeks of county residents bringing young wild animals into their homes and then calling animal […]

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February 1, 2017 | Staff Writer

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Consumer Alert About Online Scams (VIDEO)

The latest Consumer Alert from the Office of Consumer Protection is about online scams. Watch the alert, below:

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August 31, 2016 | Sonya Burke

State Plans to Spray for Mosquitoes in Gaithersburg Area on Sept. 1

Montgomery County health officials have announced that the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Mosquito Control Program will do truck-mounted mosquito control spraying on Thursday evening, September 1, in the Strawberry Knolls area of Gaithersburg. According to a county news release, the spraying will begin around 7:30 p.m. between Goshen Road and Pintail Lane, weather permitting. County […]

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August 22, 2016 | Sonya Burke

State Plans to Spray for Mosquitoes Tonight In Gaithersburg and Wheaton

UPDATED The Maryland Department of Agriculture is expanding its mosquito control services in two areas of Montgomery County tonight due to a public health concern over the potential for mosquito-borne diseases, including the West Nile virus and the Zika virus. Julie Oberg, the agriculture department’s communications director, said that mosquito control truck-based spraying will take […]

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April 1, 2016 | Staff Writer

Police Warn Residents About Speed Camera Scam Emails (VIDEO)

Montgomery County police officers are warning residents about a possible speed camera violation email scam. According to a Facebook post, the department received reports from law enforcement agencies in California and Pennsylvania about a scam involving fraudulent automated speed camera violation emails. For more, watch the County Report This Week video, below. Police say that […]

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March 25, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Montgomery County Adds Zika Virus Page to Website to Educate Residents

Montgomery County officials have launched a Zika virus page to the county’s website. County Spokesperson Mary Anderson said the page is designed to inform residents about the virus and to give them tips for protection and prevention. Zika virus is spread to people through bites of infected Aedes mosquitoes. Symptoms include: Fever Rash Joint and […]

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February 11, 2016 | Staff Writer

Maryland Confirms First Case of Zika Virus

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is announcing its first confirmed case of a Marylander being infected with the Zika virus. The mosquito-borne virus has caused the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue travel warnings for pregnant women. The patient had traveled to a country where Zika transmission has been […]

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July 15, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Rabid Bat Found in Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg city officials are reminding residents to vaccinate their pets against the rabies virus after a rabid bat was found in an apartment on Dalamar Street on July 10th. According to a city news release, the bat was captured, euthanized and tested for rabies. Test results confirmed that the bat was infected with the rabies […]

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April 9, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Patient Admitted with Ebola Virus Discharged from NIH Clinical Center

UPDATED April 9, 5:44 p.m. The American healthcare worker admitted to the NIH Clinical Center on March 13 with the Ebola virus was discharged today in good condition after having been successfully treated at the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit. According to NIH officials, the individual is no longer contagious to the community. No […]

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November 11, 2014 | Sonya Burke

Germantown Doctor Heads to Sierra Leone to Work on Ebola Diagnostic Test

UPDATED The co-founder of Zalgen Labs in Germantown is on his way to eastern Sierra Leone to test a diagnostic platform for detection of active Ebola virus infections. Dr. Luis Branco took off on Nov. 11 for Kenema to work at the Lassa fever laboratory at the Kenema Government Hospital. “My mission is to validate […]

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