FROM: CALVERT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
DAVID L. ROGERS, MD MPH
Calvert County Health Department (CCHD) is aware of a cluster of severe respiratory illnesses in five Lusby-area, including four members of a Calvert County family, residing approximately a mile south of the power plant. All five were hospitalized over the last two weeks. Four of the five have died of their illnesses.
The cause of these illnesses has not been completely confirmed at this time, although much testing is underway. At this time, there is no information that indicates special preventive measures, like antibiotics, are needed for family or other close contacts of the patients; however CCHD will continue to work with the healthcare providers and others on this situation and will update Calvert County residents if new information important to their health becomes available.
In the meantime, we continue to recommend that people ill with influenza-like illnesses (fever and cough or sore throat) check in with their healthcare provider to be evaluated and see if they would benefit from antiviral or other medications.