Saturday, August 30, 2014
Main Number: 410-996-5550
Public Health Emergencies: 410-392-2008



Closed for Labor Day Holiday
The Cecil County Health Department will be closed on Friday, August 29 and Monday, September 1. We will be open on Tuesday, September 2 for normal business hours. 
Mental Health or Substance Abuse Crisis?
Depressed? Feeling hopeless?
Don't know who to call?
For information, referral or crisis assistance with 
a substance abuse or mental health issue, call 
Upper Shore Crisis Resource Helpline

Maryland 2-1-1. Help Happens Here
Need help? Don't know who to call? Call 2-1-1.

2-1-1 provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues with one easy call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Get Help: Dial 2-1-1

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Warns against Baczol Use
EL DHMH advierte sobre el uso de Baczol

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is again warning consumers about the use of an unapproved medicine called Baczol, which contains an antibiotic that would ordinarily require a prescription and is ineffective against some of the conditions for which it is commonly purchased. DHMH previously issued an alert about Baczol in April 2012.

This unapproved medicine, which is produced outside the United States, is marketed specifically for pediatric populations under the names Baczol, Pediatric Baczol, or Baczol Antigripal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also previously issued an import alert for this medication (Import Alert # 66-41, 2/7/2011). DHMH has discovered that this product continues to be available for sale in multiple convenience stores that serve Latino communities in Maryland. 

Read the full press release here

Baczol comunicado de prensa final en español

Ebola: Outbreak in West Africa Poses Little U.S. Risk
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  is working with the World Health Organization (WHO), health ministries and other international organizations in response to an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa.

The CDC emphasizes that Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population and the likelihood of the outbreak spreading outside of West Africa is very low.

Transmission is through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, which includes vomit, blood or diarrhea. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious.

As a precaution, the CDC issued a reminder to doctors and healthcare workers in the U.S. to be alert for signs and symptoms of Ebola and as with any infectious disease, people showing symptoms such as fever, cough or vomiting should be isolated as soon as they come into a medical facility, and all staff who come into contact should be gloved, gowned and masked.

The latest information on the outbreak in West Africa can be found at the World Health Organization link here

Click here for information on Ebola from the Centers for Disease Control. 

Download the Ebola Fact Sheet from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Walk-In HIV Testing Summer Hours
Confidential, walk-in HIV counseling and testing services are available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 60 percent of youth ages 13-24 with HIV don't know their status. Get the facts. Get tested. 

Call Cecil County Health Department, Community Health Services, 410-996-5100 for details.

Download the latest clinic schedule here

New School Immunization Requirements
Don't let your child miss school.
There are new immunization requirements for kindergarten and 7th grade. Make sure your child is up-to-date. Check our website under children's health, immunizations. 

Help Fight the Alarming Number of Overdose Deaths in Cecil County
To eliminate the number of senseless deaths caused by overdose, Cecil County Health Department now offers training on the use of naloxone, a life-saving drug that can rapidly reverse an overdose resulting from opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, or heroin.

After completion of training, participants receive a kit containing two doses of naloxone for use in event of an overdose emergency.

For more information or to see if you qualify, contact:
Karl Webner, Overdose Prevention Coordinator

Download a copy of the flyer here. 

Voices of Hope for Cecil County Now on Facebook
Voices of Hope for Cecil County is a project of the Cecil County Health Department, Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center that serves as a vehicle to help those who struggle with addiction and support their loved ones. We strive to be a strong, positive force that will improve public perception and awareness of recovery in our community.

Long term recovery from addiction is happening in Cecil County. Be sure to like us on Facebook and be part of the force.

Beach Sampling Changes
Cecil County Health Department will no longer sample and monitor non-permitted, low priority beaches in Cecil County. Beaches affected are as follows:   
  • Chesapeake Isle          
  • Greenbank          
  • Hollywood Beach          
  • Knights Island N.          
  • Red Point Beach
  • Westview Shores
 Read more about the changes here. Remember: Swimming in natural waters is not risk free. Click here for frequently asked questions about safe beach habits.

Looking for the latest beach sampling report? Click here

Stop Lyme Disease in its Tracks
Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease and other tick borne infections. There are several steps you and your family can take to prevent and control Lyme disease.

While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.

Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks

  • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Walk in the center of trails.
Repel Ticks with DEET
Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body

What you should know about Lyme Disease. 

Press Release: Get Ticked Off for Tick-Borne Awareness Month

Don't Let a Tick Make you Sick: Lyme Disease information for children.

Need help with Tick Identification? Contact the Department of Agriculture

Looking for Mental Health or Substance Abuse Services? Search No More
The Behavioral Health Providers List is a referral and resource list of mental health and substance abuse outpatient providers located in Cecil County and surrounding areas. 

The Alcohol & Drug Recovery Center (ADRC) Resource Guide provides a list of alcohol and drug recovery resources.

If you can't find what you need, you can also contact the Mental Health Core Service Agency, 410-996-5112 or the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center, 410-996-5106.

For Behavioral Health Crisis Assistance: 



Interpreting services are available free of charge to all clients receiving Cecil County Health Department services.

Se ofrecen servicios de intérpretes gratuitos a todos los clientes que reciban servicios del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Cecil. En Español 410-996-5550 Extension 4680

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