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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS Co-V)
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. It is caused by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. Most people who have been confirmed to have MERS-CoV infection developed severe acute respiratory illness. They had fever, cough, and shortness of breath. About half of these people died. So far, all the cases have been linked to four countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula. No cases have been identified in the U.S.

For more information about MERS Co-V, please visit the CDC website.

Frederick County Scores High in Public Health Preparedness
June 6, 2013: Frederick County Health Department scored 100% on the Technical Assistance Review (TAR) of its Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution Plan (formerly the Strategic National Stockpile Plan). The review was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This achievement could not have been possible without the collaboration and support of our many Frederick County partners.

Zombie Preparedness
Are you prepared for a Zombie Pandemic? The CDC has started a campaign to help you prepare for zombies... or for any other public health emergency that might happen. The great thing about being prepared is that you need the same things if you're preparing for zombies, a hurricane, or winter weather! Get a kit, make a plan, be prepared!

For more information about preparing for zombies (or whatever might happen!), check out the CDC's graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic."

                                Get A Kit,Make A Plan, Be Prepared.