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A case of flesh eating bacteria has been confirmed in a 7-year-old Jacksonville girl.

Zeljko Causevic, Vibrio vulnificus and 'Jeopardy!' are in the headlines today.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on any given day one in 25 hospitalized patients — 4 percent — is battling an infection picked up in a hospital or other healthcare facility.

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Concern is growing in Florida about a disease with a funny sounding name but very serious effects.

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As part of efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections, Baptist Health is about to become the first health system in the world to adopt specialized fluid repellent garments for both staff and patients.

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The Florida Department of Health in Duval County has confirmed a case of chikungunya fever.

In the past month, Middle East respiratory syndrome has morphed from a little-known disease in the Arabian Peninsula to a major global health concern, with more than 300 cases in Saudi Arabia in April, 54 of them fatal.

Two cases have been reported in the U.S. as well — one in Indiana and one in Florida. Both men had worked in Saudi Arabia hospitals. So far, neither has spread the respiratory disease to others.

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Florida, and one local researcher says residents should be aware that the threat of the disease is growing.

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Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East has been reported in Orlando.

Cherish Perrywinkle, downtown Jacksonville, and infectious diseases are in the headlines today.

Dengue Fever Pops Up In Florida

Aug 26, 2013

Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne illness, is back in Florida.

A handful of cases have been confirmed in Martin and St. Lucie counties in the past week. The cases there prompted a public health alert. Another case was seen in Miami-Dade, where officials issued a mosquito-borne disease advisory.

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.

STUART, Fla. (AP) — Health officials say they've confirmed three cases of dengue fever contracted in central Florida.