Category: Current Issues

Current Health Issues

8.20.19 – Severe Respiratory Illness in Patients with a History of Vaping

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is investigating severe respiratory illnesses in people who reported vaping (including e-cigarettes) in the weeks and months prior to illness onset. Providers seeing patients with serious respiratory illness with no clear infectious etiology and a history of vaping are asked to report suspect cases to their local health department. In Anne […]

3.7.19 – Measles Information for Health Care Providers

Click here to view the original CDC.org article. Clinical Features Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness. It is characterized by a prodrome of fever (as high as 105°F) and malaise, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis -the three “C”s -, a pathognomonic enanthema (Koplik spots) followed by a maculopapular rashExternal. The rash usually appears about 14 days […]

1.25.19 – NEW! Guide to Prescribing Buprenorphine to Patients Who Use Opioids

Anne Arundel County Department of Health Buprenorphine Expansion Office 410-222-7203 Significance and Background Anne Arundel County residents have been hard hit by the nationwide opioid epidemic, as evidenced by the 171 percent increase in overdoses from 2014 to 2017. This trend continued into 2018, with an ever-increasing number of opioid-related fatalities. The public health implications […]

1.22.19 – Newest Opioid Training for Providers

CDC released the final three modules in the Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids interactive online training series for healthcare providers. The latest modules focus on, Opioid Use and Pregnancy, Motivational Interviewing, and Collaborative Patient-Provider Relationship in Opioid Clinical Decision Making. In these self-paced modules, providers will learn about opioid considerations in pregnancy, patient-centered communication practices, and approaches to […]