Avoid the Sting of Mosquitoes
Drain & Cover
Mosquitoes are here! Drain and Cover this year to protect
yourself and your family from mosquito bites and the
diseases they carry.
Drain standing water
from garbage cans, pool covers, birdbaths, and flower pots to prevent
mosquitoes from living and multiplying around your home.
Cover your skin
with clothing or insect repellent to stop the bite. Do not let mosquitoes
get the best of you!
Learn more about
Drain & Cover, and mosquito-borne illnesses.
Know the signs of Heat
temperatures rise and people spend more time in the summer heat, it is
important to recognize the signs of heat stress. Heat stress refers to
several heat-related illnesses that can develop after exposure to high
temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced fluid replacement. Heat stress can
develop into heat exhaustion and may progress to heat stroke. Persons most
prone to heat stress are infants, older adults, those with high blood
pressure, and individuals working or exercising in a hot environment. View
for more information about
heat stress and how to prevent or manage it.
Syphilis is Spreading in
2010, Escambia County has seen an increase in the number of
reported cases of syphilis each year. Prior to 2010, we
averaged from 20-25 cases per year. In 2012, we had a total
of 106 cases of syphilis reported in Escambia County.
Currently, Escambia County is ranked #1 in the state of
Florida for the number of cases reported.
You could have syphilis and not even know it. A syphilis
infection may have no signs or symptoms. The Florida
Department of Health in Escambia County recommends that any
sexually active residents get tested.
Syphilis spreads by direct contact with syphilis sores. It can
be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy.
Symptoms may include the following:
ͦ Painless sores|
ͦ Body rashes
ͦ Patchy hair loss
Some people never have symptoms.
Syphilis sores may disappear, but the disease will continue to
Syphilis is treatable, but left untreated it can be deadly.
are sexually active, see your primary care physician to get tested or go to:
|Escambia Community Clinic
2200 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, Florida 32501
||Florida Department of Health
Pensacola, Florida 32503
|Offers testing for HIV and other STDs
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
No appointment necessary.
||Offers testing for HIV and other STDs on Monday (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.),
Tuesday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Touch Supervision Is
Effective Drowning Prevention
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in
the U.S. for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Drowning
deaths occur mostly in swimming pools and natural/open
water, but they may also happen in bathtubs, toilets,
buckets, and wading pools.
The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County promotes
the practice of “touch supervision” to prevent drowning.
“Touch supervision” means a physically capable adult is
always at arm’s length of a child who is in or near water.
Adults should always remain within an arm’s distance to
ensure the safety of the children around bathtubs, swimming
pools, and natural bodies of water. Touch supervision should
be practiced any time a child is in or near the water,
even if you are at a pool or beach where there is a life
Additional recommended drowning prevention measures include:
- Fence it off. Install
a four-sided isolation fence, with self-closing and self-latching gates,
around backyard swimming pools. This can help keep children away from
the area when a parent cannot supervise them.
- Make life jackets a “must.”
Make sure kids wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water,
such as lakes or the ocean, even if they know how to swim. Water wings,
noodles, inner tubes or any other air-filled or foam toys are not
designed to keep swimmers safe.
- Learn CPR. Learn
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and get recertified every two years.
CPR can help a child stay alive with little or no brain damage.
- Stay out of the water.
Obey all pool/beach closure signs and hazard warnings. Do not swim in
public pools or open water areas where there is no life guard on duty.
Community Health Status
County Health Department completed a Community Health
Assessment (CHA) in 2010 to systematically collect, analyze,
and make available information on the health of Escambia
View the Community Health Assessment in its entirety.
2012 Community Health Needs Assessment
by the Partnership for a Healthy Community .
If you would like to comment on the Community Health
Assessment please use this
The Escambia County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
identifies specific activities the "Unite Escambia"
Solutions Teams have undertaken to address the issues
identified in the CHA, as well as future plans.
View the Community Health Improvement Plan in its entirety
If you would like to comment on the Community Health
Improvement Plan please use this
The Escambia County Health
Department cares about the quality of service you receive. Please
take the time to fill out this
Customer Satisfaction Survey to tell us what we did well or
could do better.
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