HAV

Sarasota County health officials have identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker at Duval’s at 1435 Main Street Sarasota. The employee may have exposed patrons between April 26 through May 10, 2019. The epidemiological investigation determined the individual may have been infectious. If you frequented this restaurantContinue Reading

The U.S. Representative for Florida’s 14th congressional district, Kathy Castor, tweeted several times this past week in response to Alabama Governor, Kay Ivey signing into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act on May 15.  The law bans abortion for any reason other than to “avert (a mother’s) death or to avert serious risk of substantialContinue Reading

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Boulevard Burgers & Tap House is debuting a Mexican-inspired burger, “La Fiesta Grande Burger”. The burger is a half-pound Boulevard Burger stacked with a chorizo patty, pepper jack cheese, tomato, avocado, chipotle mayo, and tortilla strips served on a potato bun. The $13.95 “LaContinue Reading

Since 2013, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have all sharply increased – with more than two million of these infections reported in 2017 alone. Each April, federal, state and local health departments observe STD Awareness Month to spread the word about what sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are and how they impact people’s lives,Continue Reading

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., plans to push more Republicans to support paid parental leave, a policy that has traditionally been a Democratic priority. “We are hoping that we can continue to work to preach the gospel of paid family leave within our own party and sort of reframe the orthodoxyContinue Reading

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an update on the outbreak of life-threatening coagulopathy associated with synthetic cannabinoids use this week and year-to-date, Florida has reported six cases. Since the index patient with hypocoagulopathy associated with synthetic cannabinoids use was identified on March 8, 2018 in Illinois,Continue Reading

HAV

Hillsborough County health officials have reported an unprecedented number of hepatitis A cases in 2018. Through Nov. 21, the Hillsborough County Health Department have reported 57 cases, this compares with 36 total cases reported from 2013-2017. Florida issues hepatitis A health advisory: Increases reported in Tampa and Orlando areas Florida healthContinue Reading

Earlier this week, the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Congressman Gus Bilirakis passed the House of Representatives. This important legislation addresses the need to invest in continued research to assist the millions of Americans living with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). It is estimated that there are currently between 2-3Continue Reading

Last week,  Florida’s House of Representatives formally recognized the public health harms of pornography. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) applauds this action and Rep. Ross Spano for spearheading this effort. “Public health impacts of pornography are no trivial matter,” said Lisa L. Thompson, Vice President of Research and EducationContinue Reading

Fantastic Negrito, an African-American singer-songwriter specializing in blues, R&B and roots music, is scheduled to perform on April 7 at the 2018 Safety Harbor SongFestfor the second consecutive year. Last year, Negrito was awarded a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for his record “The Last Days of Oakland” at the 59th Annual GrammyContinue Reading

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Hillsborough County health officials report today that the number of laboratory confirmed influenza cases reported by health practitioners remains high in the county. During this flu season, 30 outbreaks have been recorded including nine outbreaks of influenza were reported in child care facilities/school and two in long-term care facilities (LTCF). OneContinue Reading