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norovirus virions

Health Department Advises Norovirus Workers to Stay Home

Florida Health Department officials have sent out special alerts to school, food service and health care workers who may be infected by a recent outbreak of norovirus in Marion County. Norovirus is the cause of an extremely contagious outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that occurred in the East Marion County school system this month according to […]
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A Poster for St. Jude at the Local Chili's

Chili’s Teams With Motor Enthusiasts to Save Children

OCALA, Fla., Sept. 21 (THP) — Saturday, Ocala’s Chili’s and James Watson, the organizer of an independent car show, joined forces to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Sheri Brinck, key manager at Chili’s, handled the arrangements on Chili’s side. A total of $1,155 was raised from this singular event. Chili’s has pledged to […]
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Rabies Species Map

Second Rabies Alert Issued for Marion County in July

Florida’s Department of Public Health issued a second rabies alert for an area just west of the Ocala city limits in Marion County. This is in response to a raccoon that tested positive for rabies on July 24. This alert, No. 0003/13, is in effect for 60 days. This is the second alert the Department […]
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Raccoon Is Given Rabbies Vaccination

Rabies Alert Issued for North Marion County

OCALA, Fla. — A rabies alert has been issued for the area just north of Ocala in Marion County. According to the Florida Department of Health, the alert is in response to a raccoon that tested positive for rabies July 17. All Marion County residents should be aware that rabies is present in the wild […]
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FEMA Flood Warning

Urgent to Make Your Hurricane Plans Now

OCALA, Fla. — Florida Department of Health officials are advising state residents to make final preparations in the event of a hurricane watch in your area. When a hurricane watch is issued, you should take the following precautions right away: - Fill your automobile’s gas tank. If no vehicle is available, make arrangements with friends or […]
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National HIV Testing Day June 27 2013

National HIV Testing Day: Free Testing Offered at Three Marion Locations

OCALA, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County will mark National HIV Testing Day by offering free HIV tests at three Marion County locations on Thursday, June 27. Free HIV testing will be available at the following times and locations: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County, […]
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Mosquito Biting a Person

Health Department Cautions FL Residents on Mosquito-borne Diseases

Mosquito season already is upon us as summer rains begin. The Florida Department of Health is advising state residents to be especially alert to symptoms of mosquito-borne viruses during the summer months. Mosquito-borne disease surveillance in Florida focuses particularly on West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and dengue fever. West Nile virus infection unfortunately usually […]
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Vaccination Shots

Florida Issues New Vaccine Requirements

OCALA, Fla. — New health requirements mean children may need an additional polio vaccination before they can enter kindergarten. Students entering seventh grade need the tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, or Tdap vaccine. Students in higher grades may also need the Tdap vaccine. Some other vaccination requirements include: Kindergarten through the fifth grade: two doses of the varicella vaccine. […]
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MCAA Stop Domestic Violence T-shirt

Marion County Offers Domestic Violence Reduction Event on April 6

The Marion County Children’s Alliance will sponsor its “Hands Are Not For Hurting” expo on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ed Croskey Center located at 1510 northwest 4th St. in Ocala. This event will provide valuable information to attendees for curbing domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse and elder […]
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