Second case of Zika in Marion County, neighborhoods not identified

Second case of Zika in Marion County, neighborhoods not identified

The Marion County Health Department confirmed Friday that there is a second case or travel-related Zika in Marion County. As with the first case, the second resident, who is not being named, had traveled to the Dominican Republic. State health officials refuse to identify the neighborhoods where the Zika cases have been identified, citing privacy […]

Confirmed case of Zika in Marion County

Confirmed case of Zika in Marion County

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed a travel-related case of Zika in Marion County. The case was confirmed after the person returned from the Dominican Republic and was seen by a local doctor’s office. This makes 35 counties in Florida with travel-related Zika cases and Marion County is now considered part of the Declaration […]

Health hazard: Pool home in Marion Oaks causing quite a buzz

Health hazard: Pool home in Marion Oaks causing quite a buzz

Ocala, Florida — In Citrus County, officials are being proactive in preventing chikungunya fever. The chikungunya virus is spread by mosquitoes, and has already been reported in Palm Beach, Dade, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pasco counties, as well as other parts of Florida. Health officials said the virus made its way into the U.S. […]

Chikungunya fever cases confirmed in Florida

Chikungunya fever cases confirmed in Florida

Tallahassee, Florida – The Florida Department of Health today confirmed the first cases of locally acquired chikungunya (\chik-en-gun-ye) fever, one in Miami Dade County and the other in Palm Beach County. Chikungunya is a disease spread by bites from infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. If a person is infected and bitten by a […]

WARNING: Case Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed

WARNING: Case Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed

Ocala, Florida —The Florida Department of Health in Marion County today, advised residents that there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Marion County. A horse in the Sparr area recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis infection and there is a heightened concern residents could become ill. The risk of […]

Mosquito-borne Illness Advisory Lifted

Mosquito-borne Illness Advisory Lifted

  Ocala, Florida—The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has lifted the mosquito-borne illness advisory that was established in July 2013. Officials say, even though the advisory has been lifted you should still take precautions when outdoors. Residence should also continue to be proactive in eliminating standing water as well as moist areas where […]

Florida And Mosquitoes – Know The Facts

Florida And Mosquitoes – Know The Facts

As the populations in Florida increases so does the threat of diseases, especially from mosquitoes. Mosquitoes in Florida carry four types of virus called arboviruses.         These viruses are; St. Louis encephalitis (SLE), Eastern equine encephalomyelitis(EEE), Western equine encephalitis , and West Nile Virus (WN).   SLE is the most common of […]