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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.

With the increase in measles cases across the US, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is urging Floridians and visitors who have not been immunized to get vaccinated. Although measles was thought to be eradicated in the United States in 2000, the disease has reappeared in recent months in the form of outbreaks in several states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a measles outbreak as three or more cases. As of April 17, 2019, one measles case has been reported to FDOH.

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