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Information on Ebola Virus Disease

Information on Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is one of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. Infection is caused by one of five identified virus strains and occurs in humans and nonhuman primates such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees.

Information on Enterovirus D68

Information on Enterovirus D68

Currently, the United States is experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), one of the more than 100 very common, non-polio enteroviruses associated with severe respiratory illness.

Chikungunya

Chikungunya

Chikungunya fever (CHIK) is an infection caused by the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV). The virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, similar to West Nile and dengue viruses.

Healthy Foods During Emergencies—Practice Your Emergency Menu!

Healthy Foods During Emergencies—Practice Your Emergency Menu!

Food safety during an emergency is critical to maintaining your wellbeing and finding creative ways to feed a family if refrigeration and electricity are unavailable can be an issue. It’s good to know there are plenty of healthy choices to include as part of your family’s emergency plan.

Tips on Making the Most of National Preparedness Month

Tips on Making the Most of National Preparedness Month

During September’s National Preparedness month take the time to prepare and ensure your family is ready if an unexpected emergency happens. The Florida Department of Health recommends the following top 10 preparedness tips…

A Car Emergency Supply Kit Can Make All the Difference

A Car Emergency Supply Kit Can Make All the Difference

Having a kit of emergency supplies in each of your family’s vehicles can save you, your family members and even your pets if you become stranded—regardless of the situation.

Taking Shelter? Top Five Things You Need to Know About Special Needs Shelters

Taking Shelter? Top Five Things You Need to Know About Special Needs Shelters

Floridians know being prepared for hurricane season – having an emergency plan and supply kit – are essential for weathering the storm.

Information on Vibrio vulnificus

Information on Vibrio vulnificus

Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that normally lives in warm seawater and is part of a group of vibrios that are called “halophilic” because they require salt.

What Others Can Do To Promote a Breastfeeding Friendly Florida: It Goes Beyond Mother and Child

What Others Can Do To Promote a Breastfeeding Friendly Florida: It Goes Beyond Mother and Child

When you choose to breastfeed, you make an investment in your baby’s future by giving a healthy start that will last a lifetime.