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The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County emphasizes the importance of residents and visitors protecting themselves against all mosquito-borne illnesses.

Two sentinel chickens have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection and the risk of transmission to humans in Sumter County has increased.

Please take the following precautions to protect you and your family from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitos from mulitplying.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house

For more information, visit the Department’s website at

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FLORIDA HEALTH CLEANS UP! sweeps through Sumter County

Sumter County - The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) recently announced the launch of the Florida Health Cleans Up! project in support of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) roadside litter prevention media campaign released earlier this year, “Drive it home…Keep Our Paradise Litter Free.” Across the state, The FDOH has adopted over 100 miles of roads, trails, beaches and parks to help keep them litter free.

Florida Health Cleans Up! is a venture of Healthiest Weight Florida, a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, businesses and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living. The Department’s goal is to encourage physical activity while emphasizing how small choices affect your health and environment.

More Information about Healthiest Weight Florida and Florida Health Cleans Up! is available at

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Bushnell - The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County would like to make Sumter County residents aware of the emergency of Chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) (CHIK) in the Caribbean, CHICK is an infections virus that is spread by the bite of mosquitoes. In the past few weeks, Florida has been home to a number of Chikungunya cases acquired in the Caribbean by individuals who traveled there.

If you are planning future travel to the Caribbean, the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County recommends that you protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes bites by:
  • Using mosquito repellent
  • Staying indoors at dusk and dawn (when possible)
  • Wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants (when possible)
  • Staying in homes/hotels with screen windows

Information on Chikungunya in the Americas may be found from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at:
Further questions can be directed to the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County Epidemiology Program at: 352-569-3106.

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The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County encourages residents to prepare for Hurricane Season by Developing a Plan for Family and Pets, Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit, including medications, and Stay Informed: Follow local Alerts via TV, Radio, Internet, and Mobile Devices.

Items to include in your emergency supply kit are:

  • Water at least one gallon per person, per day for a minimum of three days.

  • Healthy foods like canned vegetables, fruits and nuts. Store at least a three day supply of foods that require no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking, and little or no water.

  • Prescription medications and required equipment/supplies like syringes, coolants, alcohol wipes, etc.

  • First aid kit.

  • Glasses, hearing aids and medical devices with extra batteries.

Contact your local emergency management office to learn more about special needs shelters and to pre-register visit:

Media Release


Florida Department of Health in Sumter County urges residents:
Protect Yourself and Your Family from Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis causes uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breathes which result in a "whooping" sound.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention therefore recommends that persons receive a booster dose, ideally to persons at 11-12 years of age. If this booster dose was not given, the CDC recommends a one time booster dose be given as soon as possible to all adolescents and adults, including persons ages 65 and older.
The Florida Department of Health may be reached at 352-569-3121 for more information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control

Epidemiology: To report an immediately notifiable disease, call (352) 569-3106 during normal business hours. After hours, call (352) 569-3102.

Page last updated: 10/20/2014