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BALTIMORE (AP) - Public health officials say 13 cases of West Nile virus in humans have been confirmed in Maryland this year.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says that number is more than twice the number of West Nile virus cases reported in all of 2014.

The mosquito-borne virus also has been detected in mosquitoes and horses in the state this year.

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If you’re going to leave your pet at a doggie day care in Delaware it may not be licensed.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there are around 100 licensed kennels in Delaware with more than half located in Sussex County.

But there are others that are not licensed such Dogtopia, a large day care for dogs in the northern part of Wilmington.

The owner Helen Jones told the News Journal that she was not aware that doggie day care would require a license like a kennel.

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A Delaware commercial lab has been closed.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it is one of potentially nine facilities that may have gotten live anthrax spores from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The paper reports that state and federal officials refused to identify the facility.    

The announcement follows the Defense Department’s revelation that it sent out at least one and perhaps has many as nine shipments to facilities nationwide.

A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control has said that it does not believe there is any risk to the public.

No Ebola Case in Delaware

Oct 7, 2014

Dr. Karel Rattay, director of the state Division of Public Health, reassured residents that there were no cases of Ebola in the First State.

The announcement came after a report that a child from Liberia was treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover for possible exposure to the infectious disease.

The only confirmed case in the United States is Thomas Duncan in Texas.

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A Delaware legislative committee approved a measure yesterday that would bar minors from buying e-cigarettes.

And, that means it will go to the full state House of Representative.  

Currently, there is no reference in the law to e-cigarettes and minors.

WBOC reports that data shows there has been an uptick in the use of e-cigarettes by minors in the First State.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, head of the state Division of Public Health, told the station that the state has seen a one year doubling in the use among middle and high school students.  

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware residents can turn in expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs at locations throughout Delaware this weekend.

The Drug Enforcement Agency is behind a nationwide drug take back event scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations in Delaware that are accepting the drugs include police and fire departments. The DEA has a list of collection sites on its website.

In Delaware, the Division of Public Health and other organizations throughout the state are helping to organize the event.

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Delaware public health officials says that they have no evidence that Planned Parenthood of Delaware’s Wilmington clinic withheld positive test results for sexually transmitted diseases from patients.

That was the claim made by Melody Meanor a former manager at the clinic during a legislative hearing yesterday. 

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say there have been outbreaks of norovirus in the state this month.

The Division of Public Health received its first report of the gastrointestinal virus on Jan. 3 and has investigated several cases since then.

Norovirus typically occurs during the winter months. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Officials say the illness can be severe for elderly people or those with underlying health conditions.

Flu Surges in Delaware

Jan 11, 2013

There’s been an early surge of the flu season in the First State.

Delaware has seen 441 cases so far.

Last year at this time there was only three.

The Division of Public Health tells WDEL News that this represents just the tip of the iceberg.

So for, there have been no deaths but it is consider widespread.

State officials say that many of the local hospitals are being stretched thin because so many people are getting sick from influenza and other similar diseases.