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Long before the introduction of Covid-19 came to Florida there was a steady rise in Hepatitis A here. We worked on campaigns with multiple health departments across the state to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A and of course make people aware of how it spreads so that they can do a better job preventing it before it’s too late. Covid-19 is extremely similar in some instances and some of the recommendations for Hepatitis A have actually transferred over into Covid-19 prevention. Tips like washing our hands frequently, not sharing beverages, not shaking hands, staying clean and using common sense always helps. I’m sure some of you are thinking to yourself, “Well, what makes All Star Media Solutions qualified to sell these services?” Hepatitis A was not the only issue we worked on. Listen to some of the other topics, programs and campaigns we have done this same type of awareness and prevention strategy for below. There was a rise in Human Trafficking arrests not long ago in Florida and we worked with a high school art program to decide on the artwork we were going to use to raise awareness for this topic and program. The art students were instructed to paint “what human trafficking means to you”. We let the children vote for one of their classmate’s artwork and we used the winners artwork to digitally design a large format outdoor poster to install across the areas they needed to reach in the community. Another issue we noticed was a rise in HIV infections. So as we always do we reached out to the health programs in the state who wanted to focus on making people aware about HIV infections and how to prevent getting this disease. Last but not least one really troubling issue we faced was Fentanyl overdoses. It was killing more people through overdoses than anything we have ever seen in our Country.
As you can see we have been doing this for a very long time and have previously covered many health topics. You can trust us to bring your Covid-19 health message to the public to help prevent the spread.
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(CNN) — Florida health officials are warning of an uptick in a mosquito-borne virus known as Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).
Several sentinel chickens tested positive for EEE, which can spread to humans via infected mosquitoes and cause brain infection and swelling, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said in a Thursday statement. Sentinel chickens are fowl that are tested regularly for the West Nile virus and EEE. Their blood can show the presence of the diseases, but they don’t suffer from the effects of the viruses.
Following the positive tests for the sentinel chickens in Orange County, the health department said “the risk of transmission to humans has increased.”
However, the disease can be fatal: about 30% of people who contract it die, according to the CDC. Many survivors have ongoing neurologic problems.
People develop symptoms about 4 to 10 days after they are bitten by an infected mosquito, the CDC says. Signs include sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills and vomiting. More severe symptoms include disorientation, seizures and coma.
With summer in full swing, mosquitoes are buzzing around at peak populations. Officials warned people to avoid being bitten by draining standing water around their homes, covering skin with clothing or repellant, and using screens to cover doors and windows.
Tallahassee, Fla. — Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez andFlorida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees meet with Martin County elected officials and community stakeholders on Wednesday, July 10thto address the Hepatitis A outbreak that has impacted Martin County and other communities across Florida. In attendance were state legislators, local government officials, the sheriff’s office and health care and other community stakeholders.
Lieutenant Governor Nuñez and Surgeon General Rivkees met with these community partners to discuss Hepatitis A and their initiatives to curb the spread of Hepatitis A in Martin County and throughout the state.
“Governor DeSantis and I agree that the health and safety of Floridians is our number one priority,”said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez.“We are working closely with Surgeon General Rivkees, the CDC and our community partners to aggressively respond to Hepatitis A in our state.”
“I have been impressed to hear how proactive Martin County has been with their vaccination and education efforts to address the Hepatitis A outbreak in their community,” said Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees.“The fact remains that while we continue to investigate the causes as to why this outbreak is happening and find ways to mitigate the effects of this disease, vaccination and education remain key components to prevention and these efforts must continue.”
“I am grateful to Lieutenant Governor Nuñez and Surgeon General Rivkees for their continued efforts to address the issue of hepatitis A in our community,”said Senator Gayle Harrell.“As we work to expand our vaccination and prevention activities here in Martin County and throughout the state, I want to assure our residents that we are doing everything possible to protect their health.”
“Hepatitis A remains a serious concern for our community, especially in heavily impacted areas like Martin County,”said Representative Overdorf.“I am grateful for Dr. Rivkees’ focus on this issue and look forward to working closely with him and the entire Department of Health to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors to the area.”
“Stopping the spread of hepatitis A in our community is one of the most important priorities that I am focused on,”said Representative MaryLynn Magar.“I am thankful for the support of our Lieutenant Governor and Surgeon General for their commitment in addressing this issue in our community, and I look forward to working with them and the leaders in our community to stop the spread of hepatitis A and protect the people of Martin County and the state of Florida.”
Since January 2019, 1811 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Florida. This increase in cases reflects national trends, with more than 20,000 cases identified nationwide. Local and state health departments across the country have worked closely with the CDC to respond to similar outbreaks since March 2017.
About Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus and prevented with the Hepatitis A vaccine. The Hepatitis A virus is found in the stool of people who are infected and can survive on surfaces for several months. When hearing about Hepatitis A, many people think of contaminated food or water. That is one way the virus can spread and a common way that international travelers get infected. However, most people don’t know that in the United States, and in Florida, Hepatitis A is more commonly spread from person to person, which is how people are getting infected in the current outbreaks.
Infection can occur when someone ingests the virus, usually through close personal contact with an infected person. Hepatitis A is very contagious, and people can spread the virus before they get symptoms such as nausea, stomach pain, and yellow skin or eyes. People who get hepatitis A may feel sick for a few weeks to several months. While most people recover and do not have lasting liver damage, some people need to be hospitalized and even die. People with chronic liver or kidney disease or a compromised immune system are more likely to experience severe illness, leading to liver failure and possible death.
While Hepatitis A can affect anyone, certain groups are at greater risk of being infected in these outbreaks. To help stop the outbreaks, CDC recommends the Hepatitis A vaccine for people who use drugs (including drugs that are not injected), people experiencing homelessness, men who have sex with men, people with liver disease, and people who are or were recently in jail or prison.
Preventing Hepatitis A
Getting vaccinated against Hepatitis A is the cornerstone of controlling the outbreak. Hepatitis A is easily prevented with a safe and effective vaccine that has been recommended since 2006 for all children at age one. This means, however, that many adults did not get the Hepatitis A vaccine as a child and therefore are not protected against the disease.
To help stop the outbreaks, the CDC recommends the Hepatitis A vaccine for people who use drugs (including drugs that are not injected), people experiencing homelessness, men who have sex with men, people with liver disease, and people who are or were recently in jail or prison. The vaccine is recommended for adults at risk, including groups affected in these outbreaks, as well as travelers to certain international countries.
Persons at risk of hepatitis infection who have not been vaccinated or do not know their vaccination status should speak to their health care provider or contact their local county health department.
The symptoms of Hepatitis A include: fever, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), tiredness, loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, diarrhea, and gray clay-colored stool. Those with symptoms of Hepatitis A should visit their health care provider for evaluation.
Practicing good hand hygiene also plays an important role in preventing the spread of Hepatitis A.
Make sure to wash hands after using the bathroom — alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not kill the Hepatitis A virus. Use soap and running water and wash for at least 20 seconds, wash hands after changing a diaper or caring for person, and wash hands before preparing, serving or eating food.
How Hepatitis A is Investigated by the Department of Health
After a case of Hepatitis A has been reported to the FDOH by a health care provider, a county health department (CHD) epidemiologist will interview the individual and collect information regarding the timeline of their previous 50 days, including travel, occupation, drug use, food history and more. The epidemiologist will then identify close contacts of the ill person. If given within 14 days, the Hepatitis A vaccine will help prevent infection among anyone exposed to the virus. As with the national outbreak, the majority of cases of Hepatitis A in Florida are close contacts of persons experiencing homelessness or persons who use or inject drugs. Less than 5% of cases have been identified among food workers. To date, FDOH has not identified a case of hepatitis A transmission from a food worker to a restaurant patron.
For More Information
For any questions or concerns about Hepatitis A, residents and visitors can call 1-844-CALL-DOH(844)225-5364), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida Department of Health has published a webpage, www.floridahealth.gov/hepa to educate Floridians on Hepatitis A prevention and the steps everyone should take to prevent the spread of infection.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by thePublic Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
What is Streptococcus Pyogenes or Flesh Eating Bacteria?
What Can Floridians Do to Prevent This From Effecting Them and Their Families?
Most recently Florida is seeing an influx of emergency room visits for this. Find out more about Flesh Eating Bacteria. Flesh eating bacteria, also known as, Streptococcus pyogenes, which was recently discovered on Florida Beaches, seems to be one of the next issues facing Florida beach goers.
Flesh-eating bacteria cases have been seen in increasing numbers throughout Florida, including the recent death of a Florida woman and multiple close calls. “Since 2010, approximately 700 to 1,200 cases occur each year in the United States,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the CDC, which has been tracking the infections, says those numbers are likely underestimated. Officials with the Florida Department of Health said in an email to News 6 that necrotizing fasciitis, also known as the umbrella term of “flesh-eating bacteria” is caused by more than one type of bacteria.
Updated Post: 04/24/2019
New evidence suggesting ‘Cynthia’ is to blame, a man made flesh eating bacteria monster that’s scaring every community around the Gulf of Mexico taking victims in as little as 24 – 48 hours. This was created in an effort to fix BP’s public relations issues and help clean up the oil spill.
We all remember the BP oil spill. Scientists in Florida began working right away on an organic bacteria that could eat oil and help heal the ocean floor. What they have created is a flesh eating bacteria harming the ocean and civilization alike. More updated information is available via Google Search.
Several bacteria common in Florida’s water bodies can cause this condition.
Vibrio vulnificus is a subset of flesh-eating bacteria that is naturally occurring in warm, salty waters such as the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding bays. This kind of bacteria is seen in higher numbers when the water becomes warm, like it does every summer in Florida. “Waters are getting warmer, and the bacteria love warmer water, so we’re all at higher risk,” CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus said. The following four safety tips can help reduce the risk of exposure to the dangerous bacteria.
The CDC “encourages all people to avoid open bodies of water, pools and hot tubs with breaks in the skin. These can include cuts and scrapes, burns, insect bites, puncture wounds, or surgical wounds.”
If you do have a cut, just make sure it is properly covered. A waterproof Band-Aid will can do. If it falls off in the water, make sure to clean and treat the wound. The Florida Department of Health and the CDC encourage wound care, to keep bacterial skin infection at bay. Keep open wounds covered with clean, dry bandages until healed, and don’t delay first aid of even minor, non-infected wounds like blisters, scrapes or any break in the skin, according to the Department of Health.
However, “severe infections with Vibrio vulnificus are extremely rare” and can be treated with antibiotics or surgery in more extreme cases, according to the Department of Health. Being correctly diagnosed and treated is one of the most important things to prevent the bacteria from spreading. Symptoms of an infection include redness, swelling, fever, severe pain in the area or red or swollen skin near or around a wound.
Lastly, if you do seek medical attention, make sure you let your doctor know of any recent water exposures including Gulf or bay waters, pools or hot tubs.
FLDOH Public Messaging Campaigns For Programs With a Low Budget!
What can we do to raise awareness about these issues to the public?
Here are some ideas for public messaging…
One State Approved Health Department Vendor in Florida, All Star Media Solutions Inc, is Helping Raise Awareness About HIV, HEP, AIDS and Other Important Health Issues Facing Florida Residents
The Florida Health Department is involved in the State’s health messaging programs across Florida communities.
We have specifically been assisting the FLDOH with their outdoor print awareness campaigns and prevention initiatives for the last 5 years across various Florida Counties.
Some of the issues facing Florida residents include but are not limited to:
Hepatitis A, B, C
Flesh Eating Bacteria
And other illnesses, diseases and public health crises
Self Service Billboards in The Digital Advertising Space, Are These Cheap Advertising Spaces Too Good To Be True? You Guessed It, Pretty Much.
Recently on Facebook I have been seeing a lot of these self service digital billboard companies claiming to show your digital advertisement for seconds, if that, in an endless cycle of advertisements every few hours in a loop. Along with those Facebook ads come many horror stories of people checking up on their billboards only to wait hours before their advertisement appears and all that waiting for seconds in action.
Yes, Digital Billboards Work…
Outdoor advertising, commonly referred to as OOH ads, come in many shapes, sizes and forms. Not one advertising professional can authentically guarentee the success of your billboard campaign and be truthful at the same time. No matter what they tell you.
A Simple Warning About Self Service Digital Ads…
My business, All Star Media Solutions Inc. doesn’t specialize in digital self service billboards because we believe in providing real meaningful campaigns with real value for your project. Our specialities include gas station and convenient store print media advertising. This includes but is not limited to one sheet posters (AKA: mini-billboards) which are 30″ x 46″, gas pump toppers which are 12″ x 20″ and places on top of gas pumps and localized shopping cart ads on shopping carts in the areas your looking to impact.
The truth is because every campaign is different so I it is a combination of topic, overall dominance in the market place and competition.
The most beneficial difference between the two strategies mentioned here and atraditional billboard advertisement is that these forms of media will be installed at eye-level for the consumer. This strategy hits many locations as well and a few different media styles at each location. Instead of renting just one location for a giant billboard, we place these at gas stations of all kinds. We can even strategically place them around your competitors stores or where your competitor sells their products.
Using these strategies as a basis for your outdoor marketing campaign will help you reach your target audience where they live and shop daily. Since this is an eye level strategy the consumers who read your media are a very captive audience.
There are a couple of places on a gas pump that will work for an official framed pump sign. We find the most effective to be a topper. This is because they are double sided allowing you to post two messages at once or simply get double the coverage. Gas nozzle signs go on the handle of a pump. They are another interesting way to get your message out.
Gas Pump Topper Advertising
Gas pump topper ads require pump topper frames. These frames withstand the outdoor extremities and hold the media you design permanently until removed. The material this is printed on is a one of a kind polyurethane based plastic specifically created to withstand heat and cold temperatures. This keeps your media in pristine during the entire campaign. These generally stay up for up to 12 months before needing to be replaced.
Gas Nozzle Advertising Also Known as Gas Pump Nozzle Advertising
I personally believe this is also effective because as soon as someone puts their hand(s) on the pump they will be captivated by your design and message.