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STAY COOL AND PRACTICE SUN AND HEAT SAFETY DURING EXTREME HEAT CONDITIONS

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Pensacola, Fla. – The National Weather Service (NWS) has recently issued a heat advisory for Escambia and surrounding counties. According to the NWS: “a Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected with heat indices of 108 to 112 degrees. Hot temperature and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.” It is important to remember to stay hydrated and protected against heat-related illness and the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

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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