Poor health outcomes for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native
Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are apparent when comparing their health indicators against the rest of the U.S. population.
The Disability and Health Program (DHP) is funded by a three-year grant from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goals of the program are to include Floridians of all ages
with disabilities in all of the Department of Health’s programs and activities for health promotion,
disease prevention, wellness, and disaster preparedness.
MERS is a viral respiratory illness with limited person to person transmission and characterized by fever, cough and shortness
of breath that often develops into severe acute respiratory illness. Read more about MERS in Florida.
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) is a reportable medical condition in the State of Florida.Clinical characteristics of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) include hemolytic anemia, renal injury, and low platelet count. HUS primarily occurs following a gastrointestinal illness and is most commonly associated with shiga-like toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), including Escherichia coli 0157:H7. In addition, HUS may be related to other types of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome primarily affects children < 5 years of age and elderly persons. The red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2%-7% of E. coli O157:H7 infections lead to HUS.