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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUMTER COUNTY EDUCATES TRAVELERS ABOUT THE CHIKUNGUNYA VIRUS

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: www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/geo/americas.html
Further questions can be directed to the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County Epidemiology Program at: 352-569-3106.

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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUMTER COUNTY WANTS YOU TO KNOW THE FACTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TOBACCO

The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County Wants You to Know the Facts in the Fight Against Tobacco.

World No Tobacco Day is May 31

  • Tobacco has killed more than 20 million people prematurely since the first surgeon general's report in 1964. Every day, about 1,300 people in the U.S. die because of smoking.
  • 2.5 million of those deaths have been among nonsmokers who died from diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • If current smoking rates continue, 5.6 million U.S. children alive today who are younger than 18 years of age will die prematurely as a result of smoking.
  • Florida's reduction in smokers has helped the state save more than 4.2 billion in personal health care costs since the inception of the Tobacco Free Florida program in 2007.

Tobacco Free Florida is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida's tobacco settlement fund. Tobacco Free Florida is managed by the Florida Department of Health, specifically the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida.

Smokers and smokeless tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to use one of the 3 FREE and Easy Ways to Quit. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida and the state's FREE cessation resources, visit: www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or Twitter at twitter.com/tobaccofreefla

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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUMTER COUNTY ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASON

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: www.floridadisaster.org/disability/snshelterlist.html

Media Release


 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUMTER COUNTY URGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST MOSQUITO BITES

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

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

  • Dusk and Dawn - Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active.
  • Dress - Wear light colored clothing that can be used as a barrier to prevent mosquito bites including long sleeve shirts, pants, and socks.
  • Drainage - Check your home for any standing water, which is where mosquitoes lay their eggs.
  • Screens - Insure windows remain closed and repair or replace screens as needed.
Picture of a mosquito


 

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.
Sources:
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: 6/17/2014