An outbreak of measles at a Florida elementary school has confirmed six cases

Measles virus. Mother holding tiny baby foot with red rash, closeup – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Prostock-studio A measles epidemic at the Manatee Bay Elementary School in Weston, Florida, has resulted in six cases of the disease. In a letter sent to nearby medical professionals on Friday, the Florida Department of Health in Broward

More than 130 passengers on a Florida cruise inexplicably become sick with stomach flu

Stomach flu onboard – Queen Victoria Cruise Ship, May 21st, 2020 arriving at Southampton – Courtesy: Shutterstock — Wayleebird Health officials said that more than 130 passengers on a Cunard Cruise Line ship that sailed from Florida had unexplained diarrhea and vomiting fits. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in an advisory

Florida abortion legislation surpasses 863K signatures en route to the 2024 ballot

Protestors in favor of abortion rights – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Stephanie Kenner Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to guarantee abortion rights are moving closer to gathering the necessary number of signatures, with just one month to go.  863,876 valid signatures on the petition for the proposition were shown on the Florida Division

CDC map shows flu season gaining traction in Florida

Doctor holding pen card that states “flu season ahead” – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Inna Kot The spread of COVID-19 is decreasing, but the flu season is still in its early stages. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed new data on Friday that indicates an increase in influenza activity in numerous U.S.

Five deaths from ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria have been reported by Florida officials in Tampa Bay since January

Flesh-eating bacteria found on in Tampa Bay (Not pictured); No Swimming Advisory Sign On Beach – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Jean Faucett According to Florida officials, five people have been proven deceased in the Tampa Bay area as a result of a flesh-eating bacteria that is known to lurk near beaches. The vibrio vulnificus

Florida counties are affected by the dengue virus, according to health experts

Swarm of mosquitos over lake – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by: VladKK As the number of dengue virus infections increased this month, Florida health authorities issued a mosquito-borne sickness notice for Broward County.  Miami-Dade County now joins Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, as the disease spreads throughout the region.  In its report on the

According to the CDC, Leprosy can be endemic in the Sunshine State

Close-up view of bacteria that causes leprosy – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Photo By Kateryna Kon Increasing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that leprosy, commonly known as Hansen’s disease, is spreading endemic in the Southeast United States.   According to a recent research letter from the CDC, 81 percent of cases recorded

Florida beaches harbor deadly risks, a study reveals

Beaches – Surfers by rip current – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Exotico y Barato Photos You might picture smooth, white sands and azure oceans when you think of Florida beaches. But both locals and visitors should keep in mind that they are also notorious for having the highest number of rip current fatalities in

Flesh-eating bacteria on Florida beaches? Seaweed-plastic blend raises issues, according to a study

Stinky Seaweed Covering Florida – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by nomis_h According to a professor of coastal science at Florida International University who spoke to Local 10 News in March, this summer may see the biggest bloom of Sargassum, or thick, brown, tangled lumps of seaweed, on South Florida beaches. The seaweed that has washed

Here’s how expanded abortion access may end up on Florida’s ballot in 2024

Abortion Protest at Supreme Court – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Wild 2 Free Following Governor Ron DeSantis’ signing of legislation prohibiting most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a coalition is organizing a push to get the issue of abortion on Florida’s 2024 ballot. Floridians Protecting Freedom is a group that is proposing a