January 19th, 2010

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Rabies in Southern Prince George's County

The below message was sent to me by the Prince George's County Council office as an emergency request. There was also an article in the Washington Post about it that appeared on the Newsvine and Blog-News yesterday.

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Martin O’Malley, Governor – Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor – John M. Colmers, Secretary

DHMH Office of Communications
David Paulson 443-386-6372 - cell

Prince George’s County Health Department Dellia Hawthorne-Williams, PIO

240-417-8443 - cell

Calf Tests Positive for Rabies at Prince George’s County Environmental Center

Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center runs educational programs for elementary and middle school students
Students, visitors who may have been exposed should call:
Prince George’s County Health Department: 240-508-5774
Charles County Health Department: 240-216-4055 or 240-299-4693

Accokeek, MD (January 17, 2010) The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has confirmed that a 6-week-old Jersey calf at the Hard Bargain Farm in Prince George’s County has tested positive for rabies. DHMH, the Prince George’s County Health Department and the Charles County Health Department are in search of anyone who may have been exposed to the rabid calf at the educational center at any time since December 21, 2009. The Jersey calf is described as tan with tiny white spots on the face and hindquarters.

Anyone who believes they may have had contact with the calf at Hard Bargain Farm since December 21, 2009 may need rabies post-exposure prophylaxis and should call the Prince George’s County Health Department at 240-508-5774 or the Charles County Health Department at 240-216-4055 or 240-299-4693 as soon as possible.

“It is critical to identify all people who may have been close enough to this calf to have come in contact with its saliva,” says Dr. Katherine Feldman, DHMH State Public Health Veterinarian. “Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is transmitted in the saliva of infected animals.”

When a person is bitten or exposed to saliva of a rabid animal, the disease is prevented with a four dose rabies vaccine series administered over a 14 day period and a dose of rabies immunoglobulin given at the beginning of the series (rabies post-exposure prophylaxis).

"The Prince George's County Health Department DCS investigators are working closely with the farm to identify all individuals who may have been potentially exposed to the calf," said Dr. Donald Shell, Health Officer of the Prince George’s County Health Department. "The rapid initiation of post-exposure prophylaxis is critical for persons exposed to rabies."

Rabies is most commonly found among wildlife such as raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes, but can be transmitted to domestic animals. In Maryland, almost 400 animals were diagnosed with rabies in 2009.

To prevent your exposure to rabies:
· Have your dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, sheep, and cattle vaccinated against rabies.
· Keep your pet under your control at all times, especially when traveling.
· Enjoy wildlife from a distance and do not feed wildlife.
· Avoid sick animals and any that are acting in an unusual manner.
· Cover garbage cans securely and do not leave pet food outside.
· Do not relocate wildlife.
· Prevent bats from entering your home. If you find a bat in your home, do not touch it.

To learn more about rabies in Maryland, including rabies surveillance statistics and efforts to prevent and control the disease, please visit the DHMH website http://edcp.org/vet_med/rabies.cfm.
 
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Transportation cuts hearing January 27th - call for free bus by Jan. 21st

The Department of Public works and Transportation advises that WMATA has scheduled a special January 27, 2010 Public Hearing to receive input on proposed service cuts that will be devastating to Prince George’s county if implemented. To avert the proposed cuts, Prince George’s County must be well represented and unified at the hearing in voicing opposition to the proposed service cuts. The county was successful in averting the previously proposed cuts after the last public hearing because so many Prince Georgians and members of the council turned out to voice opposition to them. And, to do so again this time, Prince Georgians must attend in large numbers and unanimously voice opposition to the proposed cuts.

Free transportation on TheBus will be provided to and from the public hearing, that will b e held at the WMATA/Metro Headquarters located at 600 Fifth Street, NW< Washington D.C. (Where is the pick up)

See DPW&T Flyer below:

Devastating Impact to Prince George’s County . . .

if Proposed Metrobus Service Cuts Are Approved by the
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

WMATA’s Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at WMATA/Metro Headquarters, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C., to receive input on proposed service cuts that, if approved, will adversely affect thousands of county residents who rely on Metrobus service to commute to work, shopping, recreation and church activities.

Prince George’s County has and continues to strongly oppose any and all service cuts. And, clearly the residents who testified at WMATA’s previous public hearing, clearly and unanimously said: WE DO NOT WANT SERVICE CUTS. WE WOULD RATHER PAY A FARE INCREASE TO ENSURE THAT NECESSARY SERVICES CONTINUE.

Proposed service cuts in FY 10 would:

Ø Eliminate 80 weekday trips
Ø Eliminate 10 weekend trips
Ø Impact 1300+ weekly or 70,000+ yearly riders
Ø Reduce Metrorail service during specific hours and at specific stations
Ø Impose devastating impacts on transit dependent riders
Ø Reverse over 10-years of continued efforts by Prince George’s County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation to build a better bus service throughout the county
Ø Lead to projected $5.2 million in additional Metrobus service cuts in FY 11

What can you do to oppose the service cuts?

ATTEND/TESTIFY at the January 27th Public Hearing – the more voices heard by the WMATA Board members and staff with the common theme of “WE DO NOT WANT SERVICE CUTS. WE WOULD RATHER PAY A FARE INCREASE TO ENSURE THAT NECESSARY SERVICES CONTINUE.”, the better the chance the Board will not cut services. This was demonstrated through the previous public hearing where Prince Georgians turned out in large numbers, voiced unanimous opposition to service cuts, and averted service cuts.

Prince George’s County will provide FREE BUS TRANSPORTATION to and from the hearing from designated community pick-up and drop-off areas to ensure your voices are heard. To arrange for transportation, call 301.499.8603 no later than Thursday, January 21, 2010.

If you cannot attend the public hearing, WRITE in opposition to the proposed service cuts:

Letters to:
Office of the Secretary
WMATA
600 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

E-mails to:
public-hearings-testimony@wmata.com
.
Please note that if you want to testify at the hearing, you must call 202.962.2511 (TTY: 202.638.3780) by 2 PM on the day of the hearing to register.

Remember, major service cuts were averted because Prince Georgians were strong in numbers and voices in opposition to the cuts at the previous public hearing. And, Prince Georgians need to stand strong at this public hearing by attending and letting your voices be heard:

WE DO NOT WANT SERVICE CUTS. WE WOULD RATHER PAY A FARE INCREASE TO ENSURE THAT NECESSARY SERVICES CONTINUE.

Also check out the latest Prince George's County blogger posts and news here.

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