News, Alerts and Recall Information

A Case of Botulism Identified in Howard County

An illness called botulism has recently been identified in Howard County.  Botulism is a serious illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body's nerves.  Botulism can be caused by eating Botulinumcontaminated food or beverages. It is often associated with improperly home-canned, preserved or fermented foods. It is not contagious.

A Health Department preliminary investigation identified the possible source as an acupuncture and herbal practice in Ellicott City.  If food, teas, or other products that can be put in/on the body were purchased, or otherwise received from this practice, located in the 3300 block of St. Johns Lane, it is strongly recommended to discard it immediately. It may be put in the trash, or if it is liquid, dumped down the sink.  (Read full Media Release here.)

If you have further questions, contact Howard County Health Department at 410 313-1412 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  


Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing.  Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the infant with measles rashbody. 

Measles virus can live for up to two hours in the air where an infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.  Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears.  Measles is a disease of humans; and is not spread by any other animal species.

  • Measles infographic poster click here.  (En español haga click aquí.)
  • For more about Measles in Maryland click here to see the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Media Release

The Health Department has opened a phoneline with information about what we are doing in Howard County in response to Measles. 
To hear the information, call 410-313-0635.  (Please be aware that you cannot leave a message on that number.)  The message is available in
English, Korean (한국어) and Spanish (español).  

If you are concerned you may have the Measles, or may have been exposed to Measles, contact your health care provider by phone.  They will advise about next steps to getting treatment. 

More information and resources for the public:

Infographic: Protect your child from measles. Measles is still common in many parts of the world. Unvaccinated travelers who get measles in other countries continue to bring the disease into the United States. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Information for parents and childcare providers
Information for clinicians:

Think Measles. Do you know CDC's Guidelines for Patient evaluation, Diagnosis and Management?

(Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)


Media Releases/Advisories

8/13/2019 HCHD Pediatrician Co-Authors National Policy Statement
7/19/2019 Heat Advisory
7/17/2019 Heat Advisory
6/7/2019 A Case of Botulism Identified in Howard County
5/2/2019 Homerun For Recovery Softball Tournament
10-27-2018 Howard County Recovery Walk - Rescheduled
10-24-2018 Howard County Recovery Walk - Cancelled
9-4-2018 Heat Advisory
9-27-2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Tree Pinning Ceremony
8-27-2018  Back to School Vaccination Clinic 
8-27-2018 Public Notification - Darkwood Ct., Jessup MD
7-31-2018  Public Health Crisis Broadens as Fentanyl is Added to Other Drugs
7-20-2018  Teen Health Matters-Teen Health Expo
7-2-2018 Heat Advisory Issued for Howard County
6-15-2018 Public Notification - Update - 4547 Bonnie Branch
5-10-2018  HCHD Receives Four Governor's Citations for Customer Service 
5-10-2018 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
4-10-2018 STD Awareness Month
2-20-2018  Infant Mortality Rate amongst African-American Infants Fell 60% 
1-11-2018  Public Notification - Sewage Overflow - Hingston
1-2-2018 Public Notification - Sewage Overflow
Alerts & Recalls


Date Recall
8-1-2019 Entenmann's Little Bites Cookies Due to Possible Presence of Plastic Pieces
7-16-2019 Various Pita Pal Hummus and Dips Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
6-14-2019 Pillsbury Best Bread Flour Recalled Due to Possible E. coli Contamination
6-7-2019 Kroger Recalls Select Frozen Private Selection Berries Due to Possible Hepatitis A Contamination
5-23-2019 Aurora Packing Company, Inc. Recall Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli Contamination
4-13-2019 Chewy Chips Ahoy Due to Presence of Unexpected Solidified Ingredient
3-21-2019 Tyson Foods Chicken Strips Due to Possible Metal Contamination
1-29-2019 Tyson Foods Chicken Nuggets Due to Possible Rubber Contamination
1-28-2019 Perdue Fun Shapes Chicken Nuggets Due to Undeclared Milk Allergen
1-23-2019 General Mills Gold Medal Unbleached Flour Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
12-18-2018 Wegmans Recalls Fresh Cauliflower Products Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination
12-11-2018 Del Monte Canned Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers Due to Under Processing
12-10-2018 Jimmy Dean Heat 'n Serve Original Sausage Links Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
12-5-2018 Tris Pharma Recalls Infant's Ibuprofen Due to Potential Higher Concentrations of Ibuprofen
11-15-2018 Jennie-O Raw Ground Turkey Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
11-5-2018 Conagra Brands Recalls Duncan Hines Cakes Mixes Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
11-2-2018 Barcelona Nut Company Roasted and Salted in Shell Pistachios Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
10-29-2018 Fit & Active Southwest Veggie Stuffed Sandwiches Due to Possible Listeria and Salmonella Contamination
10-3-2018 Johnson County Hams Recalls Ready-to-Eat Ham Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
9-25-2018 Harris Teeter Recalls Low Fat Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt Due to Undeclared Peanut Product
9-25-2018 Whole Foods Recalls 365 Everyday Value White Corn Tortilla Chips Due to Undeclared Milk
8-2-2018 HP Hood LLC Recalls Blue Diamond Vanilla Almond Breeze Almond Milk Due to Possible Milk Allergen
7-23-2018 Pepperidge Farms Recalls Certain Goldfish Cracker Varieties Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
7-21-2018 Mondelez Global LLC Recalls Certain Ritz Cracker Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
7-20-2018 Food Lion Brand Dill Pickle Flavored Potato Chips Due to Undeclared Allergen
6-28-2018 Wish Bone House Italian Salad Dressing Due to Undeclared Allergens
6-14-2018 Sprouts Farmers Market Pre-Cut Melon Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
6-14-2018 Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
5-2-2018 Utz and Weis Brand Tortilla Chips Due to Possible Milk Allergen
4-13-2018 Rose Acre Farms Recalls Shell Eggs Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
3-20-2018 Chris’s Cookies Recalls Chocolate Chip Cookies Due to Undeclared Peanuts
2-2-2018 Kanan Enterprises Recalls Southern Grove Unsalted Almonds Due to Undeclared Allergens
1-28-2018 Panera Bread Recalls Cream Cheese Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
1-23-2018 Perdue Foods LLC Recalls Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
1-9-2018 Fieldbrook Foods Corp. Recalls Certain Ice Cream Bars Due to Possible Listeria Contamination