Tallahassee, Fla.— Both in Florida and throughout the U.S., flu activity is on the rise. In Florida, data shows more influenza activity across all age groups this year than detected in the last two flu seasons. Cases of the flu are particularly increasing in the northern portions of the state, including the Panhandle.
Above, members of the Pinellas red wagon team from left to right: Bridget Livingston, Kareem Altidor, Jalysa Erskine, Fannie Vaughn, RN and Vonet Lassister, RN.
Pinellas County Uses Every Tactic Available to Push Back Hepatitis A
Epidemiologists study disease trends so they are always the first to know when diseases spike. At the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas), the staff noticed a worrisome increase in hepatitis A cases in early 2018. Where there had been zero cases a year before, there were seven cases reported by the end of May. By September, the monthly count was up to 14.
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