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Florida Department of Health Urges Residents to Be Prepared As Hurricane Season Starts

Tallahassee, Fla.—June 1 marks the start of hurricane season, and the Florida Department of Health urges every family, visitor and business to take the time to make a plan in case of disaster. In 2016, our state saw the first large-scale hurricane event in a decade. Every hurricane season should be treated as a serious threat, and taking simple precautions can help you stay healthy and safe when weather-related hazards impact the state.

“Last year’s active hurricane season served as a reminder about the importance of planning ahead for emergencies,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip. “I strongly encourage everyone to have an updated emergency plan and an emergency supply kit that is specific to your needs and the needs of your loved ones.”

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Virus Updates

Florida Department of Health Provides Zika Virus Update

Tallahassee, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health hosted a conference call for Florida health care providers to offer an update on clinical guidance for Zika-infected pregnant women and infants. More than 100 OBGYNs, pediatricians, family physicians, and other health care providers participated.

“Zika remains a threat for Floridians, especially pregnant women and their infants after they are born, and women who will become pregnant,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip. “Clinicians are on the front lines in our fight against Zika, and this call allowed those who provide care to pregnant women and infants to stay up-to-date with the most current guidance and protocols to ensure that they can provide the best care to their patients.”

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