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There’s now another case of the West Nile Virus in Bay County, bringing the total to five.

Workers and volunteers help sort and stock a Tallahassee food bank.
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The number of Floridians living in poverty has fallen since the Great Recession. But it’s still higher than the national average. The federal government has released two reports showing about 14 percent of Floridians had incomes below the poverty line. 

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones meets with inmates at the Wakulla Correctional Institution, March 8, 2016.
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The Florida Department of Corrections has opened a new mental health facility in Wakulla County.

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Evacuating with companion pets can bring added challenges to hurricane season, particularly for elderly adults. Many seniors struggle to find pet-friendly shelters when it comes time to leave for safety.

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Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare has received a baby friendly accreditation as part of a worldwide initiative. It’s one of 19 hospitals in Florida with that designation.

Starting Tuesday, Leon residents interested in purchasing a birth or death certificate will now have to go to a new location.  The health department’s Vital Statistics Office is now at a local clinic.

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Bay County now has a fourth human case of West Nile Virus.

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With a new one reported this month, Bay County now has three cases of the West Nile Virus. Health officials are urging residents to be cautious of the mosquito-borne illness.

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Bay County health officials are inviting the public to a meeting Thursday to discuss ways to better identify and address area residents’ health needs.

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Several legal actions happened this week involving medical marijuana in Florida.

One ruling found that the state can’t limit the number of medical marijuana treatment centers, known as MMTC’s. In other words, that means no caps on the number of dispensaries.

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With a new opioid law in effect, Florida health officials are educating the public on some of the new changes through a new campaign.

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The Walton County Sheriff’s office is hoping to better assist residents with differing special needs with the kick off of a new program.

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This week is National Breastfeeding Week, and Bay County health officials will be holding an event this weekend to promote breastfeeding and help mothers.

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With the heavy rains these past few days, Bay County health officials are urging residents to take proper precautions to prevent illnesses during and after flooding. That includes not allowing children to play in flood waters since it could be contaminated by sewage. Health Department spokeswoman Heather Kretzer says there’s also a tip for private well owners.

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Bay County health officials are reporting an additional human case of the West Nile Virus. They’re urging residents to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquitoes.

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World Hepatitis Day is July 28th. Health officials are working to raise public awareness and provide treatment.

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While a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Florida Department of Health shows a high vaccination rate in Florida. Leon County health officials want to see that number reach 100 percent in time for school starting this August.

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Mosquito populations on the East Coast are 2 to 3 times larger than normal, according to an estimate by The National Pest Management Association. 

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Florida is leading the way in new energy alternatives, but also lagging behind on some major efficiency standards.   

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Florida lawmakers continue to be frustrated with the state Department of Health over its slow implementation of medical marijuana rules. 

Community members test new technology
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Lighthouse of the Big Bend’s 7th annual ‘Techno Demo Day’ highlights the newest assistive technologies available in the area.

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25 children have died after being left in a hot car so far this year. Two of those death occurred in Florida. The Florida Department of Children and Families is trying to combat this issue.

President Trump chose Judge Brett Kavanaugh (far left) as his U.S. Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. But, that decision is causing some mixed feelings.
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President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee is already causing partisan divides among Republicans and Democrats. That fight is also making its way to the Sunshine State.

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Thousands of people die from heat related problems each year. There are potentially dangerous consequences of the summer heat especially for seniors and the elderly.

 

Blue Green Algae on St. Johns River, Satsuma, Putnam County, May 26, 2010
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On the heels of a toxic algae bloom spreading across South Florida, Bay County health officials are reminding residents and visitors to be careful in area waters through a health campaign.

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