Talbot County Department of Health
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Disease Surveillance

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The Talbot County Health Department monitors, investigates, and makes reports regarding vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as diseases which can be transmitted by animals and insects to humans, or to humans or through the food and water supply. Examples include hepatitis, rabies, tuberculosis, gastrointestinal, respiratory, or mosquito and tick-borne illnesses. 

Program staff also provides education and consultation services about diseases and infection control measures to assist community agencies in managing disease within the populations they serve, such as schools and nursing homes.

Talbot County Health Department

510 Cadmus Lane
Easton, MD 21601

Phone: (410) 819-5600

After Hours Phone: (410) 822-0095

Translation is available onsite and via language line services. Walk-in services are available for communicable diseases consultation, screening, and care connection needs.

Avian Influenza

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is a serious disease and requires rapid response because it is highly contagious and often fatal to chickens. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are primarily responsible for the response to HPAI. 

Human infections with bird flu viruses are rare but can occur, usually after close contact with infected birds. The current risk to the general public from bird flu viruses is low; however, it is important to remember that risk depends on exposure, and people with more exposure might have a greater risk of infection.

Learn more about HPAI and how to manage your risk:

Monkeypox (mpox)

Mpox (formerly called human monkeypox) is a rare viral illness. Anyone can get mpox, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

In 2022, monkeypox cases, which have historically been rare in the United States, were identified in every state. The CDC, Maryland Department of Health, and Talbot County Health Department continue to monitor the situation. 

However, at this time, the overall risk to the U.S. public is low. Individuals who believe they were exposed to monkeypox or have an illness that could be monkeypox should contact their healthcare provider. 

The Centers for Disease Control recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who may be more likely to get monkeypox. You may be able to be vaccinated at your primary care provider. Additionally, Talbot County Health Department may be able to vaccinate certain high-risk individuals via provider referral. 

Learn more about mpox, including symptoms, how to prevent the disease, and additional information on testing, treatment, and vaccination: