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Columbia County Residents and Visitors Encouraged to Take Precautions to Avoid Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

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The Florida Department of Health in Columbia County (DOH-Columbia) encourages all residents and visitors to take precautions to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses and prevent mosquito bites, particularly during the warm, moist summer months. In Hamilton County, one horse has recently been diagnosed with Eastern Equine Encephalitis. An additional equine case was reported in northern Columbia County.

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). NBHAAD was founded 18 years ago to bring attention to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in black communities. This year’s theme, “Together for Love: Stop HIV Stigma,” emphasizes the idea that working together is key to stopping HIV stigma. The Florida Department of Health joins community partners across the country to emphasize the importance of getting educated, tested and treated to receive the continuum of care needed to live a healthful life with HIV/AIDS. 

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