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By Robert Herriman  @bactiman63 Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic amoeba which is a single-celled living organism. It can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). The amoeba is commonly found in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers, ponds and canals. Of the 140 or so documented cases in the US since 1962,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

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group reported today that aerialist, Yann Arnaud, 38 had died from his injuries following a fall onto the stage during a Saturday evening performance of VOLTA at Tampa’s Under the Big Top, located by the Tampa Greyhound Track on Nebraska Avenue. Arnaud, a veteran of the performanceContinue Reading

The state of Florida saw 20 confirmed and probable pertussis, or whooping cough cases among 15 counties in January. Four of these cases were reported in Hillsborough County. There were no outbreaks of pertussis reported in January. For every pertussis case identified, there was an average of two exposed contacts who wereContinue 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

miltefosine

The investigational drug, at least partially credited for saving the life of 16-year-old Sebastian Deleon, the teen that was infected with the 97 percent lethal “brain-eating amoeba”, Naegleria fowleri, miltefosine is on the shelves at the Tampa VA hospital as part of a consignment program between the Orlando-based pharmaceutical company,Continue Reading

With the reports of five additional locally transmitted Zika virus infections in the state of Florida, including the first case in Pinellas County, US Representative for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, David Jolly had some things to say about calling on Congress to return to Washington, D.C. to pass a long-term Zika fundingContinue Reading

The number of sexually transmitted infections reported in Hillsborough County during the first six months of 2016 are being seen at increased numbers compared to the same period in 2015, according to newly published epidemiological data from the Hillsborough County Health Department (HCHD). Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterialContinue Reading

A September 2014 sewer line break in St. Petersburg, Florida dumped 500,000 gallons untreated wastewater into neighborhoods and into Boca Ciega Bay and a team of University of South Florida (USF) researchers went to sample the waters and what they found was a little concerning. The lead researcher of a study published in theContinue Reading

Since Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has announced they, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are investigating two possible non-travel related cases of Zika virus–one in Miami-Dade County and one in Broward County. These latest developments have some saying Florida may have it’s first ZikaContinue Reading