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FDOH reminds everyone to DRAIN and COVER

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Following a hurricane, heavy rain or flooding, there is an increase of floodwater mosquitoes. Excess water allows eggs laid in once dry soil to develop into adult mosquitoes. Floodwater mosquitoes typically don’t carry diseases, but they can harm recovery efforts, and disease-carrying mosquitoes will re-populate after a natural disaster because of excess standing water. That’s why it’s important for individuals and communities to drain water at home, in neighborhoods and at places of work to help control mosquito populations and prevent disease outbreaks. The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) reminds everyone to DRAIN and COVER.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease. While normally not fatal, persons with chronic liver or kidney disease or compromised immune systems are more likely to experience a severe illness, leading to liver failure and possible death.

The symptoms of hepatitis A can include: fever, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), tiredness, loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, diarrhea, and gray clay-colored stool. If you have symptoms of hepatitis A, you should visit your health care provider for evaluation. People that are exposed to hepatitis A may be given vaccine or immune globulin within 14 days of exposure to prevent infection.

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