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CDC: Don’t donate sperm in 3 Florida counties due to Zika

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Men from three Florida counties shouldn’t donate sperm because of a small risk of spreading Zika, U.S. health officials said Monday. The guidance had previously applied to Miami-Dade County, the only place in Florida where there’s evidence mosquitoes spread the virus. But infections were reported in people in South Florida who couldn’t clearly be linked to Miami-Dade. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the advice should extend to two counties north of Miami — Broward and…

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State health department says Pinellas has two new travel-related Zika cases

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State health officials say there are eight new travel-related cases of Zika in Florida as of Tuesday. Of those, two are in Pinellas, four in Broward, one in St. Lucie and one involving a pregnant woman, according to the Florida Department of Health’s daily zika update. There is also one new non-travel related case linked to Miami-Dade County. The department is to investigating where exposure occurred. Those cases bring the total number of Florida Zika cases to 1,002. The majority…

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Vern Buchanan praises inclusion of $1.1B for Zika in government funding bill

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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan praised the inclusion of $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus in a must-pass government funding bill expected to be approved by Congress this week. “Florida urgently needs additional money to help fight Zika and protect our citizens,” the Sarasota Republican said in a statement Tuesday. “Funding should have been approved months ago but Washington was too busy engaged in ugly politics at the expense of public health.” Under the agreement, Buchanan said $933 million will…

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Pinellas officials say they are combatting mosquitoes, Zika

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced a new case of Zika in Pinellas, bringing the total cases in the county to 10. The nine cases that had already been identified as of Monday by the Department of Health were all travel-related. The 10th was not. It was locally transmitted, meaning that mosquitoes in the area are infected with the virus. Zika disease is caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito,…

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Vern Buchanan advises readiness as Sarasota confirms first Zika case

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As state officials confirmed the first Zika case in Sarasota County, Congressman Vern Buchanan urged Suncoast residents Tuesday to take common-sense steps to prevent infections. “All Floridians must take immediate action to protect themselves and prevent Zika from spreading any further,” Buchanan said. “My state is in crisis mode. Families and business owners cannot overlook the very real threat this virus poses to public health.” Florida is ground zero for the Zika virus. On Friday, the Florida Department of Health released a report…

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Bill Nelson calls on House to pass bill for Zika funding

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Public health officials said Monday they’ve learned a lot more about Zika since the White House asked Congress for $1.9 billion to combat the mosquito-borne virus and are increasingly concerned about its potential impact on the United States. “Most of what we’ve learned is not reassuring,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought.” With the House of Representatives poised to…

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Gary Mendell: Life-saving measure passes Florida Legislature to combat drug overdoses

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Florida lawmakers passed a life-saving measure which now heads to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature. The newly passed legislation will drastically diminish a tragic and far-too-common occurrence – death resulting from a drug overdose. This public health crisis has, up until now, burdened the citizens and communities of Florida. My organization, Shatterproof, would like to applaud this momentous achievement and urge Florida’s continued progress toward policies aimed at mitigating addiction. Thousands of lives will be saved next year because…

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