FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDate: June 3, 2014
Contact: Paul Butler, Interim Public Information Officer
Office: (352) 589-6424 Cell: 352-516-4491
HEALTH REMINDER FOR FRESH WATER ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER
LAKE - The Florida Department of Health in counties across Central Florida are reminding families to be safe when enjoying fresh water activities during the summer months. Everyone should take precautions while swimming in warm freshwater lakes, rivers and ponds due to the threat posed by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri.
Naegleria fowleri is a naturally occurring amoeba that can be found in any body of fresh water such as lakes, rivers, hot springs and poorly maintained and minimally-chlorinated or un-chlorinated swimming pools. This amoeba can cause an infection known as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) by traveling up the nose to the brain and spinal cord. This generally happens during activities such as swimming, diving, waterskiing, or wakeboarding. In very rare instances, Naegleria infections may also occur from people irrigating their sinuses (nose) using contaminated tap water.
The Florida Department of Health in Lake County urges residents to prepare for the 2014 Hurricane SeasonTuesday, May 27, 2014
Media Contact: Paul Butler – Interim Public Information Officer
Office: (352) 589-6424 Cell: (352) 516-4491
The Florida Department of Health in Lake County urgesresidents to prepare for the 2014 Hurricane Season
LAKE - The Florida Department of Health in Lake County urges residents to prepare for the upcoming Hurricane season which officially begins on June 1st through November 30th. Now is the ideal time for residents to take a few simple safety steps to keep their families prepared and safe during a hurricane. Emergency Management officials urge residents to develop a family communication plan and prepare a disaster supply kit. Many items will be tax-free between May 31st and June 8th during Florida’s sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies.
“The last major hurricane to strike the U.S. was Wilma in 2005, so we are due for another,” said Tommy Carpenter, Lake County’s Emergency Management Division Manager. “While the 2014 forecast seems to indicate unfavorable conditions for hurricanes, it only takes one major storm to create a bad season.”
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.
Date: April 16, 2014
Contact: Paul Butler – Interim Public Information Officer
Office: (352) 589-6424 - Cell (352) 516-4491
Florida Department of Health in Lake County Receives
Davis Productivity Awards
Lake County – The Florida Department of Health in Lake County has received five awards from the 2014 Prudential –Davis Productivity Awards Program. The awards recognize and reward state government employees for work that has increased productivity, promoted innovation, improved delivery of state services and/or saved money for Florida taxpayers and businesses.
The Davis Productivity Awards received were for the following nominations:
· Septic System and on-line permitting initiative in partnership with employees of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners
· Ryan White Contract HMS Billing Process
· Improving Vehicle Management
· Developed and implemented EAR Certification Process to ensure compliance with DOH standard
· Registration Form Implementation Team