September 26, 2019
Maureen Regan, Deputy Director, Office of Communications, 410-767-8649
Maryland Department of Health investigating cluster of salmonella infections
Consumers advised not to eat hummus purchased from Moby Dick House of Kabob
Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is investigating a cluster of salmonella infections in individuals who all reported eating at Moby Dick House of Kabob restaurant, which has multiple locations in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Since September 10, nine confirmed cases have been reported in Maryland. The exact cause of the infections has not been determined and the investigation is ongoing, but eight of nine cases reported consuming Moby Dick House of Kabob hummus.
At this time, Moby Dick House of Kabob has voluntarily suspended sale of hummus and MDH recommends that consumers discard hummus purchased from any Moby Dick House of Kabob. Individuals who have recently eaten food from Moby Dick House of Kabob and are experiencing any adverse medical symptoms should seek medical attention.
Most people infected with salmonella develop symptoms including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within six hours to four days after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. Some people, including the elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to experience severe illness and may require hospitalization. On average, there are 900 – 1000 confirmed salmonella infections reported in Maryland each year.
MDH continues to investigate this cluster and will provide updates as warranted. Additional information about salmonella infections is available at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/index.html.
The Maryland Department of Health is dedicated to protecting and improving the health and safety of all Marylanders through disease prevention, access to care, quality management and community engagement. Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/MDHealthDept and https://www.facebook.com/MDHealthDept.
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Animals in Public Settings
Learn all about animals in public settings from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.
Do you know what to do if you are bitten by or exposed to an animal that may be rabid? You should:
o Contact Charles County Animal Control and the Department of Health.
o If it is a wild animal, try to trap the animal only if it is safe to do so. If the animal must be killed, try not to damage the head.
o If it is an owned animal, get the animal owner’s name, address, and telephone number.
o Get prompt medical attention.
o Consider treatment if a bat was present and exposure cannot be reasonably ruled out
(i.e. you were sleeping or an unattended child is in the room).
Animals can be great fun, but it’s important to know how to be safe when you’re with them. With a wild animal, being safe may mean staying far away so the animal doesn’t feel threatened and so you stay safe. The rule in the great outdoors is simple: Don’t touch or go near an animal. See further tips below to stay safe.
Each piece of land has a long history, and it’s common for properties to have had many owners over the years. Among land use changes that may have occurred over time is the construction of one or more water wells. Out-of-service wells of any type may pose potential safety hazards and threats to groundwater if not correctly maintained or decommissioned.
There may also be liability issues to consider if an old well on your property is proved to be a conduit for contaminants that reach groundwater. The biggest problem is that old wells can be forgotten—casings may deteriorate and rust and new owners or property developers can build over the old well site or unknowingly create a hazardous land use that allows contaminants to flow directly to groundwater.
Landowners should survey their property to find any old or out-of-service wells. Look for:
– Pipes sticking out of the ground
– Small buildings that may have been a well house
– Depressions in the ground
– The presence of concrete vaults or pits (perhaps covered by lumber or metal plates)
– Out-of-use windmills/wind pumps
Other clues about the location of any abandoned wells can be found in old maps, plans, and property title documents; talking with neighbors; additions to an old home (in the past, wells were commonly constructed in basements or under porches to keep the water pumps from freezing and to ease access in the winter); and the water utility history (i.w. what was the source of water for your home before utility water was available?).
Once a well is determined to have no current or potential future use, a water well contractor should be contacted about the most appropriate method of decommissioning the well. Wells should be sealed from the bottom up. Typically, only well contractors have the right equipment to do this. Any pumps, pipes, related equipment, or blockage should be removed from the well so that it may be filled in and sealed properly.
Approved backfilling and well sealing procedures vary from state to state. They generally require the use of special sealing material, usually cement-bentonite grout or bentonite clay chips.
In most cases, homeowners are required to notify their local Department of Environmental Protection or Water Quality Division to document the decommissioning of the well. Homeowners are urged to contact these environmental agencies to learn what procedures are required in their region.
Find out more about unused wells.
— Your friends at NGWA