Facts not rumor: what’s really happening with hepatitis A in Marion County

Facts not rumor: what’s really happening with hepatitis A in Marion County

Marion County — Recently, there has been outrage on social media aimed toward the Florida Department of Health in Marion County for providing press releases to the media regarding restaurant employees who were infected with hepatitis A. Ocala Post spoke with the health department to clarify some of the misinformation and false speculations being spread […]

HEALTH ALERT: Hepatitis A vaccination recommended after Charlie Horse worker tested positive

HEALTH ALERT: Hepatitis A vaccination recommended after Charlie Horse worker tested positive

OCALA, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Marion County (DOH-Marion) has identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker in Ocala. DOH-Marion conducted an epidemiological investigation and today determined an individual who worked at Charlie Horse Restaurant and Lounge, located at 2426 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470, during July […]

Free rapid HIV testing in Marion County

Free rapid HIV testing in Marion County

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County will be offering free rapid HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day, Thursday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Walgreen’s, located at 807 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Individuals who take the test at this location will receive their results in […]

Previously announced recall of animal feed products, expanded

Previously announced recall of animal feed products, expanded

Due to receiving a number of adverse event reports, Cargill is expanding the scope of recall of select Southern States® feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed FDA’s action levels. These reports are currently being investigated to determine if they are related to the recalled feed. This is an expansion of the recall initiated May […]

HEALTH ALERT: Hepatitis A vaccination recommended after Zaxby’s worker tested positive

HEALTH ALERT: Hepatitis A vaccination recommended after Zaxby’s worker tested positive

Ocala, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has identified a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker in Ocala. Per the department’s epidemiological investigation, the affected individual worked at Zaxby’s, located at 6033 SW Highway 200, while infectious from May 13 – June 2, 2019. The hepatitis A vaccine may […]

Possible hepatitis A contamination of Bauer’s Candies Modjeskas

Possible hepatitis A contamination of Bauer’s Candies Modjeskas

The FDA is alerting consumers to possible hepatitis A contamination of Bauer’s Candies Modjeskas, an individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel. We are advising consumers not to eat and to throw away any Bauer’s Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas, purchased after November 14, 2018, because a worker in the facility tested positive […]

Upcoming Mobile Health Unit locations for Marion County

Upcoming Mobile Health Unit locations for Marion County

Ocala — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County’s Mobile Health Unit has scheduled its locations for January and February. The bus will provide immunizations and other department services on the below dates at the listed locations: Jan. 4: AMEX Food and Deli (125 NW 110th Ave., Ocala) from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. […]

Recall on certain U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons

Recall on certain U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons

Kimberly-Clark announced a voluntary product recall of its U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons, Regular Absorbency, sold throughout the United States and Canada for a quality-related defect that could impact the performance of this product. The recall is limited to specific lots of U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons, Regular Absorbency, that was manufactured between October 7, […]

More lice cases than usual at some Marion schools

More lice cases than usual at some Marion schools

  Many parents in Marion County have expressed concern about children recently being sent home from school due to having lice. The Marion County School Board told Ocala Post that they have lice cases throughout the district on a daily basis. The school district said they would not refer to the cases as “outbreaks” as […]

90 confirmed cases of Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)

90 confirmed cases of Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare but serious condition, which is typically seen in children. It affects the nervous system, specifically the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, which causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. CDC said they have been thoroughly investigating the AFM cases that have […]

High priority violations at local winghouse

High priority violations at local winghouse

Silver Springs — MJ’s Pizza And Winghouse, located at 5195 E Silver Springs Boulevard, was inspected following a consumer complaint. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation visited the establishment on September 25. According to the inspector’s report, food and a cardboard container were stored inside the ice that the restaurant used for drinks. A  […]

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received high priority violations

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received high priority violations

Pasta Faire restaurant in Belleview received several high priority violations after they were visited by health inspectors. Many of the violations were repeat violations and considered potentially hazardous to consumers. The violations are as follows: Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried – wet nesting. Multiple containers at the dry storage shelf in front of dish machine. […]

Former owner of Polliwog, Churchill Dentistry, still in business

Former owner of Polliwog, Churchill Dentistry, still in business

Parents in Marion County are not likely to forget the pain inflicted on children at the hands of pediatric dentists Michael and Rebecca Tarver. Ocala Post recently received several e-mails from parents who are concerned that the former owner of Polliwog, Michael Tarver, might still be operating in Florida. Following an investigation, Ocala Post discovered […]

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County, no plans to spray after deaths reported

Mosquito-borne illness advisory for Marion County, no plans to spray after deaths reported

Marion County — Marion County remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory due to eastern equine encephalitis activity. In an August press release, Florida Department of Health Operations director Craig Ackerman, said, “The risk of disease being spread from mosquitoes to humans through mosquito bites is currently increased due to the number of local EEE cases.” […]

No sauce, hold the roaches, pizza restaurant closed

No sauce, hold the roaches, pizza restaurant closed

Little Caesars Pizza restaurant in Belleview was shut down after health inspectors found several high priority violations that were never corrected by management. The restaurant is located at 10135 Southeast U.S. 441, Belleview. The inspector issued a stop-sale order after pizza sauce was found sitting in a cooler, which had been made two days prior […]

Marion County’s upcoming Mobile Health Unit locations

Marion County’s upcoming Mobile Health Unit locations

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County’s Mobile Health Unit will be going to several new locations soon. The bus will provide immunizations and other department services. Below are the scheduled dates and locations. Sept. 1: Forest Community Center (777 S. Highway 314A, Ocklawaha) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7: AMEX Food […]

Hollywood 16 concession stand closed until further notice

Hollywood 16 concession stand closed until further notice

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Thursday closed down the Regal Hollywood Stadium 16 & IMAX theater concession stand. The theater is located at 2801 SW 27th Ave, Ocala. According to the report, the inspector found approximately a dozen live roaches while he was present. The report states that one of the live roaches had […]

2018 Back to school walk-in immunization clinics, information you must know

2018 Back to school walk-in immunization clinics, information you must know

Marion County — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County will host the back to school immunization clinics beginning Saturday, July 21, in Ocala, located at 1801 Southeast 32nd Avenue. Students entering kindergarten, attending, or transferring to a Florida public school need the following vaccines: four or five doses of DTaP (diptheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis); four […]

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