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By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | October 10, 1999
An 8,000 gallon gasoline tanker that overturned in an accident last fall is no longer useful for transportation but provides an excellent training resource for the Washington County Special Operations Team. The AC&T tanker was donated to the county by the Hagerstown company and is stored at the Hagerstown Fire Department Training Center. The gasoline truck will be used by rescuers from throughout Maryland during a two-day training seminar held at the fire center Oct. 16 and 17. Funded by state grants, the free seminar will be the first of its kind in Maryland, said organizer John Bentley, deputy coordinator of the special operations team.
By DAN DEARTH | | April 9, 2011
The carnage that was caused by weapons introduced during the American Civil War forced doctors to make advances in medicine that might have taken another 25 years to develop had the conflict not been fought. "In many ways, the battlefield was the birthplace of modern emergency medicine," said George Wunderlich, executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., who also oversees the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on Antietam National Battlefield.
By MARIE GILBERT | | August 18, 2013
It's that time of the year again, when children head off to school for lessons in reading, writing and arithmetic. The upcoming weeks will include essays, history projects and pages of problem solving. But parents will have their share of homework, too. They'll be studying their children's sleeping habits, calculating how much weight is being carried in backpacks and doing a little scientific research on germs. It's all part of helping kids stay healthy so they can learn and grow.
by JULIE E. GREENE | April 3, 2006
One thing you shouldn't keep in your medicine cabinet is medicine, says Dr. Greg Lyon-Loftus with Mont Alto (Pa.) Family Practice. Changes in heat, humidity and light can destroy the potency of pill or liquid medicines - changes that frequently occur in a bathroom, Lyon-Loftus says. He recommends storing medicine you're keeping for a long time in the refrigerator, which sees little light and usually maintains consistent temperature and humidity. Medicine that will be used quickly can be stored in a linen closet or the bedroom, but away from children.
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 17, 2008
SHARPSBURG ? For a second day, dozens of Sharpsburg Elementary School students and staff were absent from school and said to be suffering from flu-like symptoms. Washington County Health Department spokesman Rod MacRae said he is not aware of similar problems elsewhere in Washington County. School remained open Wednesday, when about 40 students and four staff members were absent, and again Thursday, when an additional 10 were said to be sick. MacRae described the illness as "respiratory" and said that symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat and nasal or chest congestion.
January 12, 2001
Thumbs up, thumbs down 1/13 To Maryland Gov. Parris Glendeing, for his proposal to boost state spending in a way that could bring Washinton County an additional $3.1 million for education. Go for it! To Charlie Rowe, a Washington County Big Brother for 20 who also barbecues 7,000 chickens a year for charitable causes. No wonder he was cited by the Baltimore Ravens as an outstanding volunteer in their "Community Quarterback" promotion. To the Pentagon experts who wrote a report saying U.S. agriculture is vulnerable to germ warfare attacks.
BY LAURA ERNDE | May 6, 2002
By LAURA ERNDE They saw X-rays, bedpans and blood pressure cuffs, but the Salem Avenue Elementary first-graders touring Washington County Hospital seemed most fascinated with the tonsils. Yes, real tonsils. Once lodged in someone's throat, now filling up a jelly-sized jar. "This is what your tonsils look like. They're real big because they're filled with those bad germs sometimes," said Carolyn Carder, lab manager at the hospital. Some of the students grimaced.
By DAN DEARTH | September 9, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Public Schools on Wednesday reported its second case of H1N1 flu in 10 days. School system spokesman Richard Wright said officials learned Wednesday that a student at Rockland Woods Elementary School off Sharpsburg Pike south of Hagerstown contracted the virus also known as swine flu. The first case was confirmed Aug. 31 at Conococheague Elementary School. Wright said a letter was sent home with Rockland Woods students Wednesday to notify parents of the precautions that school officials are taking.
September 21, 2009
The Washington County Health Department reports that it is aware of an influenza-like illness being reported across Washington County. This is consistent with expectations of the public health community because of the H1N1 (swine) strain. Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say as many as 98 percent of flu cases are the result of the H1N1 strain. So far this new strain of flu causes symptoms similar to the more familiar seasonal flu. Schools, institutions and office settings are particularly vulnerable to the rapid spread of flu. Individuals and families should take steps to minimize their chance of becoming infected.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 30, 2009
More information is available at: o o CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- When a person sneezes, the pressure spews out about 40,000 droplets at 95 mph, Amy Jones, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Health Department, told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday morning. If the person sneezing has swine flu, the germs in the droplets can live up to 48 hours, enough time that they can infect anyone who comes in contact with them.
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