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Hepatitis Virus
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Duval County reported Florida’s highest number of hepatitis A cases in 2020, according to the News Service of Florida. 

A sign reading "Still Open" hangs outside of a restaurant.
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An executive order signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis loosens the criteria for restaurant employees with coronavirus to return to work.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, holds up a graph concerning COVID-19 cases in Florida as he speaks about opening businesses.
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A Jacksonville-based data scientist says the way Florida presents COVID-19 data to the public is misleading, and he worries it’s being done deliberately to help support efforts to reopen the state.

A "social distance zone" sign in a Neptune Beach neighborhood.
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Florida law allows the state Surgeon General to enforce the isolation or quarantine of individuals believed to pose a threat to public health.

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February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In joining forces with the event, the Florida Department of Health is offering free preventive medication at all of the state’s 67 county health departments.

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Several bars and breweries have found themselves at odds with the Florida Department of Health over a recent crackdown on a rule that prohibits pets inside businesses that serve food.

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The Florida Department of Health in Duval County is reminding bar owners that pets are not allowed inside facilities that serve food or beverages.

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The Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval) announced Thursday morning that there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in the area.

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Florida health officials are reminding parents and caretakers they can get kids’ back-to-school vaccines with no out-of-pocket costs — with or without insurance. All Florida counties offer the shots.

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Jacksonville’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors to patients Wednesday at 6529 Beach Blvd. on the Southside.

Rabies Alert In Effect For Parts Of Jacksonville Beach

Jun 13, 2017
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A rabid cat was found at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and 10th Tenth Street North in Jacksonville Beach, prompting a rabies alert in effect through Aug. 11.

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Several women who are suing two Jacksonville plastic surgeons for botched breast implant surgeries are now accusing the doctors and implant manufacturer of fraud.

The women believe implant maker Allergan signed off on phony warranty claims by Doctors Mark and Loren Clayman.

12-year-old Christina Clark takes medical marijuana.

Her mother Anneliese Clark uses it to treat the seizures her daughter has had since she was three months old. At her worst, “she just literally, she wasn’t doing anything,” Anneliese Clark said. “She laid on the couch and shook and twitched.”

Clark remembers Christina locked in a fetal position, unable to hold her head up, swallow her own spit, or control her bodily functions. After trying 17 different pharmaceutical drugs, Anneliese turned to medical marijuana.

It’s Florida primary election day. We heard from WJCT’s Ryan Benk from a local voting precinct to see how the day was going. Host Melissa Ross spoke with local officials about how Duval County is battling mosquito-borne viruses. We also heard from GlobalJax about their upcoming fundraiser, “Wines of the World,” and the latest issue of Flamingo Magazine features an interview with Jacksonville musician J.J. Grey. We spoke with publisher Jamie Rich.   

Florida Department of Health

A recent confirmed case of West Nile virus in Jacksonville has health officials sounding a warning. According to the Department of Health, the danger of more mosquito-borne diseases is on the rise.

Baker County Health Department
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  In a 5-4 vote, a Senate panel on Tuesday approved the confirmation of Surgeon General John Armstrong as secretary of the Florida Department of Health.

Members of the Senate Health Policy Committee spent an hour peppering Armstrong with questions, nearly all dealing with Floridians' access to health care, before signing off on his nomination.

Questions centered on cuts to county health departments, the state's high rate of new HIV infections and a drop in enrollment in the Children's Medical Services program, which serves youngsters with "chronic and serious" conditions.

Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition

Florida’s infant-mortality rate is dropping, according to recently released state data. The report also shows Duval County has made some recent strides in reducing the number of babies who do not survive.

But the county’s infant mortality rate continues to increase, year over year.

Duval County’s infant mortality rate has risen from 8.2 to 8.7 deaths per thousand live births. Though it’s rising, it’s still lower than a recent high of 10 deaths per thousand births in 2006.

Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition Executive Director Jennifer Gornto says a number of factors combine to affect the rate on the First Coast.

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Blaming a budget shortfall, the Florida Department of Health has laid off most of the administrators at the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays.

The department said the cuts won't affect services to families. But critics of the move say it will leave the program --- which gets the majority of its funding from the federal government --- unable to meet requirements that keep the money flowing.

The workers received letters of termination Thursday, advising that their last day would be March 2.

Facing The Stigma Of HIV And AIDS In Jacksonville

Jun 11, 2014
Lindsey Kilbride

Many people may disregard AIDS as the terrifying epidemic of the 1980’s and 90's, but others say there is still a colossal problem with new infections.

Florida Retail Federation

A nine-day sales tax holiday on items like flashlights, batteries and weather radios is set to begin Saturday  at retailers across Florida.

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CVS, the nation’s number-two drugstore chain, says it will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 retail stories by October.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is defending his plan to use the federal Homeland Security database known as SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) to search for noncitizens on Florida voting rolls.

During a Nov. 4 hearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections, Detzner said using SAVE to check voter registration is one of its primary uses.

A 57-year-old Duval County man has tested positive for West Nile Virus, and there is concern that there are more cases to come.

That's according to the Florida Department of Health, which is advising Duval County residents today of increased mosquito-borne disease activity encouraging residents to take basic precautions to help limit exposure.

Nationwide Bacteria Outbreak Reaches Northeast Florida

Aug 9, 2013
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The Florida Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of Cyclospora, including six cases in Northeast Florida.

Cyclospora is a food-borne, single-cell bacteria that infects the small intestine causing diarrhea, loss of appetite and fatigue. When untreated, symptoms can last for several weeks. So far no deaths have been reported in the outbreak spanning seventeen states, but 30 individuals have been hospitalized.