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Florida Counties Combat Growing Hepatitis A Outbreak Through Vaccination And Public Education

In August, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees declared the outbreak a public health emergency and urged health providers to begin more intensified efforts to screen and vaccinate the public. 

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“It’s A Big Overreach Of Government”: Reactions To Newberry’s Decision To Opt Out Of County Tobacco Ordinance

On Monday, the Newberry City Commission voted unanimously to opt out of the Alachua County ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to those younger than 21.

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Sandy Soil And Rising Seas Spell Septic Tank Disaster In Florida

By Brendan Rivers Communities across Florida are already grappling with aging septic tanks, which leak into groundwater and are considered a leading cause of toxic algae blooms. As sea level rise is expected to worsen that situation, the state and cities are beginning to tackle the expensive task of converting septic systems to sewer or newer septic technologies. It’s no small challenge. Floridians are estimated to be using 2.6 million septic systems, most of them the conventional variety with two

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Secretary Post Remains Empty At Health Agency

Florida is grappling with an outbreak of hepatitis A but does not have a top health officer at the agency charged with ensuring the public’s health. More than four months after Gov. Ron DeSantis took office, the Florida Department of Health does not have a secretary. DeSantis’ nominee — Scott …

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