Respiratory Syncytial Virus on the Rise in Escambia
The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (DOH-Escambia) advises
parents, childcare workers, and healthcare professionals to be vigilant for
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). The incidence of RSV cases in Escambia
County, Florida, is already higher than usual for this time of year.
More information on RSV can be found at the
Florida Department of Health and
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (DOH-Escambia) reminds
residents, especially pregnant women, to get vaccinated against influenza
The flu is a contagious
respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose,
throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and con sometimes
lead to death. Signs and symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore
throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle/body aches, headaches, chills, and
fatigue. There has been a notable increase in the incidence of flu in
Escambia County, Florida during the month of November, including an increase
in the number of cases in pregnant women.
Everyone six months and older should
get vaccinated, especially adults 65 and older, children 5 and younger,
pregnant women and caregivers of infants under 6 months of age.
How to prevent the flu:
- Be vaccinated annually
- Wash your hands
often with soap and water
- Cough and sneeze
into a tissue or your elbow, away from people
- Stay home when sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
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.
Did that Meal or Drink make you Sick?
Food and Waterborne Illness Complaint Form is a
convenient and confidential way for the public to report a
possible illness or outbreak from eating and/or drinking
contaminated food or a beverage in Florida.
For more information, contact Environmental Health at
Syphilis is Spreading in Escambia County.
Since 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.
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 resident be
tested. Learn more about the spread of syphilis and
If you are sexually active, see your primary care physician to be tested, or
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Community Health Status
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The Partnership for a Healthy Community (PFAHC) produced a
health status assessment in 2012 for Escambia and Santa Rosa
Counties in Florida. View the
fourth comprehensive health status assessment. The
Florida Department of Health in Escambia County used data
from the community health assessment, community forums and
other sources to prepare the
2013 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan.
If you would like to comment on the Community Health
Assessment and Improvement Plan please use this
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