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Hospitals adopt stricter rules in wake of flu epidemic

Flu Vaccine SyringeHospital systems across Montgomery County are enforcing restricted visitation policies due to a widespread flu epidemic.

Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center, Holy Cross Germantown and Silver Spring Hospitals, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Suburban Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital have all initiated polices to try to minimize the spread of the flu.

Montgomery County Health and Human Services Public Information Officer Mary Anderson issued a statement on Jan. 23 stating that the six major hospital systems in Montgomery have implemented the following visitor policies:

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NIH researchers say 2016 Zika virus outbreak makes US more prepared

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Nearly two years after the Zika virus outbreak in the United States, the experience of the virus leaves the United States more prepared for future outbreaks NIH researchers say.

“The road map has already been written for us … hopefully the experience with Zika will allow us to respond in a much more efficient and effective way,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the institute charged with researching the virus.

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Unprofessional conduct in prescriptions

gavel2We have all heard about, and too many have experienced, the effects of the opioid epidemic in the United States. One way to combat improper writing of prescriptions in Maryland is for the State Board of Physicians to seek sanctions against physicians for unprofessional conduct. This process was explored by a recent unreported opinion from Maryland’s intermediate appellate court in a case called Walter Kozachuk v. Maryland State Board of Physicians.
 
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More Zika virus warnings as weather heats up

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aedes-egypti-zika-virus-mosquito1The Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti, seen above, and Aedes albopictus). COURTESY PHOTO

As the temperature rises, Montgomery County residents need to protect themselves from the Zika virus even though all 17 Maryland residents who have contracted the virus were infected while traveling outside the United States, according to county and state officials.

Drs. Howard Haft and Ulder Tilman and other speakers conducted a 90-minute town hall meeting at the Dennis Avenue Health Center in Silver Spring May 26 to discuss the issue.

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