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Health and Agriculture Officials Urge Mosquito-Borne Illness Awareness

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Tallahassee, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health is advising residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in several counties across the state. Although no human cases have been reported, several horses and emus have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. West Nile virus (WNV) and St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) virus are also present in mosquitoes in Florida. The risk of disease transmission through bites of infected mosquitoes to humans has increased.

The best things for us in life don’t always come easy. That’s certainly true for physical health. Everyone knows exercise will do them some good, but few are willing to put in the time and effort. And who can blame them?

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A Community Health Assessment (CHA) helps identify the strengths and weaknesses that impact a community’s health. The CHA is the first step in developing a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Escambia County’s next CHIP is planned for publication in 2019.

We would like your input! As part of our CHIP development, we are using a brief CHA survey to learn more how you see the health of our community. Anyone in Escambia County, Florida is welcome to take the survey.

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