Tag: Florida

Florida Woman Nichole Tillman Suffers Serious Injury After She Was Attacked By Alligator In Lake

A large alligator more than 8 feet long attacked a woman swimming in Florida on Saturday, May 25. While the injuries are not life-threatening, officials say that she suffered severe wounds from the gator attack.

Animals May 27, 2019

Florida Woman Ann-Christine Langselius Attacked By 'Aggressive' Otter While Walking Her Dog

A woman in Florida says that an otter attacked her while she was taking a stroll with her dog at a park. Her dog was unharmed, but she is temporarily unable to walk because of the severe bites she incurred.

Public Health January 18, 2019

Population Of Florida Macaques With Potentially Deadly Herpes Virus Expected To Double By 2022

Experts believe that the population of Rhesus Macaques in Florida could double by the year 2022. Twenty-five percent of them are actually carriers of a potentially deadly herpes virus.

Public Health January 5, 2019

Giant Salamander With Leopard Spots Found In Florida

Scientists were finally able to officially name and describe a creature that has long been the subject of rumors. The reticulated siren lives in muddy waters in Florida and Alabama.

Animals December 6, 2018

FWC Says More Time Needed To Analyze Tropical Storm Gordon's Effect On Red Tide Bloom

The recent tropical storm Gordon might have slightly moved the algae bloom that has been pestering the west coast since November. The FWC said that that they are still investigating whether the recent storm disrupted the red tide.

Earth/Environment September 7, 2018

Federal Wildlife Officials Step In To Investigate Red Tide Dolphin Deaths In Florida

NOAA has conducted tests and confirmed that the dolphin deaths in the Southwest Florida area in the past few weeks were because of the red tide. Federal wildlife officials encourage the public to report stranded or dead marine mammals.

Animals September 4, 2018

Brown Tide Feared To Worsen Florida Red Tide

What exactly is a brown tide? Experts fear that the current brown tide might 'merge' with and worsen the ongoing red tide in Florida waters.

Earth/Environment August 26, 2018

Former Florida Police Officer Gets 8 Years In Prison For Not Telling Ex He Had HIV

A former Greenacres police officer was sentenced to eight years in prison. The 41-year-old is serving time in prison for not disclosing to his former sexual partner that he contracted HIV.

June 16, 2018

Rabies Alert: Health Officials Issue Warning In Indian River County After Cat Tests Positive

The Florida Department of Health in Indian River issued a rabies alert in Indian River County on Tuesday, May 15 after a stray cat tested positive for rabies. The alert is set to last 60 days.

Public Health May 20, 2018

A Mysterious New Disease Is Destroying Florida's 360-Mile-Long Coral Reef

The 360-mile-long coral reef in Florida is in danger due to an unknown disease that is killing it. Scientists are researching on the corals to develop a cure for the disease.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2018

Lone Tree Frog Climbs Utility Pole, Causes Power Outage To Over 800 In Florida City

A Cuban tree frog did not survive when it made contact with high voltage electrical equipment, but it did cause power outage to over 800 customers. These voracious eaters occasionally wander onto utility poles when they forage for prey.

Animals May 12, 2018

Woman Dies Allegedly From Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Being Undiagnosed In First 2 Doctor Visits

A woman who contracted flesh-eating bacteria allegedly from a vacation in Florida has died. She only underwent biopsy on her third doctor visit and a surgery 2 months before her death.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 11, 2018

Orlando Doctor Arrested For Vaccine Fraud: 500 Children At Risk Due To Unsterile, Partial Vaccines

A doctor in Orlando, Florida, has been arrested for vaccine fraud. The alleged malpractice has placed about 500 children at risk, and parents are recommended to consider revaccination to ensure that their children are protected.

Public Health February 26, 2018

Florida House Of Representatives Declares Porn A Public Health Risk After Declining Gun Control Bill

Following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Florida House of Representatives declined a gun control bill. Instead it opted to declare pornography a public health risk.

Public Health February 22, 2018

Nurse Rants About The Flu In Epic Viral Video: ‘Wash Your Stinking Hands’

A nurse from Florida has taken to Facebook to express her frustrations about people who aren’t taking the necessary precautions to stop the spread of flu. Her sass has drawn both the ire and praise of various audiences.

Viral February 4, 2018

Experimental Technique To Cure Rabies Fails To Save Florida Boy Who Was Scratched By Bat

A 6-year-old boy from Florida died due to rabies, which he contracted from a bat. The child was placed in a medically induced coma as part of the Milwaukee protocol, but the experimental treatment did not save his life.

Public Health January 16, 2018

Florida Monkeys May Infect Humans With Possibly Fatal Herpes Virus

Monkeys in Florida may possibly infect humans with herpes B, which is a possibly fatal virus. While state officials determine their best course of action, people who come across the monkeys are advised to stay away.

Public Health January 11, 2018

Florida Fireball Lights Up The Night Sky: It's Not A UFO, NASA Says

A fireball streaked over Florida on the evening of Dec. 5, with people thinking that it might be a UFO. NASA has tried to dispel such rumors by explaining what the people saw.

Space December 8, 2017

Unconscious Man's 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo Baffled Doctors: What Was The Right Thing To Do?

Emergency doctors were baffled on what to do when an unconscious man with a 'Do Not Resuscitate' tattoo was wheeled into the emergency room. The medical staff had to ask ethical consultants if the request should be honored.

Public Health December 3, 2017

Pilot Whale Released Back To Sea After Rehabilitation At SeaWorld

A pilot whale affectionately called Gale was returned to the sea after five weeks of rehabilitation in SeaWorld Orlando. Bringing her back to her natural habitat was achieved with the help of SeaWorld Orlando, NOAA, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Animals August 12, 2017

Sperm Donations In Florida May Contain Zika: Here's What Affected Counties Should Do

The CDC has warned the potential presence of Zika virus in sperm donations in three Florida counties. Donated semen can be stored frozen for certain periods of time and does not necessarily inactivate the Zika virus.

Public Health March 14, 2017

Naples Tops The Chart As The Healthiest, Happiest City In US

Naples has become the happiest and healthiest city in the United States for the second time in a row. To have a better life, one can use the nine golden rules followed by Naples' residents.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 8, 2017

Manatees Seen In Record Numbers In Florida: Should They Be Downlisted From Endangered To Threatened?

An annual aerial survey in Florida reveals that the number of manatees in the state is improving. This has prompted a recurring proposal: to downlist the slow-moving mammal from endangered to threatened species.

Animals February 22, 2017

Thousands Of Dead Bees Wash Ashore On Florida Beach

Thousands of dead as well as dying bees have washed up on a Naples beach in Southern Florida beach starting this weekend. Here is the likely cause and what to do with a bee sting.

Animals February 9, 2017

WATCH: This Huge Alligator Roaming A Florida Reserve Is Real

A video of a massive alligator strolling through a Florida reserve is circulating on the internet, and experts confirm that the footage is real. The once endangered giant is endangered no more.

Animals January 22, 2017

81 False Killer Whales Dead In The Largest Recorded Stranding Of The Species in Florida

More than 80 false killer whales have been found dead after a mass stranding along the remote coast of Southwest Florida in Everglades, the NOAA has reported.

Animals January 18, 2017

Two New Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Found In Florida: Is Another Zika Underway?

University of Florida researchers discover two new tropical disease-carrying mosquitoes for the first time in their state, warning about the possibility of a new virus and the role of global warming in the arrival of the exotic species.

Public Health January 12, 2017

CDC Updates Zika Guidance, Advises Pregnant Women Traveling To, Living In Miami-Dade To Get Tested

CDC updated its travel and testing guidance on Oct. 19 to apply recommendations to all of Miami-Dade County. The region is labeled as yellow, not red, which makes it a cautionary region.

Public Health October 21, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Pummels Through Haiti And Florida Coast

Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast early Friday, causing trees to topple and power lines to go down. Airline schedules and power outages are affecting more than half a million people on the southern coast.

Earth/Environment October 8, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Is Poised To Make Florida's Zika And Tourism Woes Much Worse

Florida already has Zika and a weakened tourism sector to worry about, and the arrival of Hurricane Matthew has made things a whole lot worse.

Earth/Environment October 7, 2016

Florida Water Polluted: Giant Sinkhole Leaks Dirty Water Into State Aquifer

More than 200 million gallons of water contaminated by low-level radiation and pollutants has leaked into the main drinking aquifer in Florida, reports revealed. Residents are worried about the safety of the water.

Earth/Environment September 30, 2016

As Concerns Of Zika In Florida Continue To Rise, Tourism Is Poised To Take A Dive

Tourism in Florida has taken a rather significant hit, as concerns about Zika have made would-be tourists book their vacations in 'safer' locales.

Public Health September 27, 2016

Wynwood Now Zika-Free: Florida Governor Rick Scott Urges Community Effort To Keep Zika Transmissions At Bay

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced on Monday, Sept. 19 that Miami’s Wynwood region is free of Zika virus transmission. The governor also urged people to visit Wynwood later this month for the 'Dine Out Wynwood' event to support businesses in the region.

Public Health September 21, 2016

SpaceX To Build New Facility At Port Canaveral For Refurbished Falcon 9 Rockets

SpaceX is eyeing a new facility in Port Canaveral, Florida to serve as a potential location for its refurbished rockets operations. The 52,000-square-foot building was formerly used as a payload processing facility for Spacehab.

Space August 24, 2016

FDA Approves Releasing Oxitec's Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida To Fight Zika Virus

Federal health regulators gave their approval to a proposed field trial that would release genetically engineered mosquitoes in Florida. This is how Oxitec's mutant mosquitoes will help fight Zika.

Biotech August 6, 2016

More Locally Transmitted Zika Cases Are Likely, Warns Top Health Official

Not only has an instance of locally-transmitted Zika been confirmed, but an expert now warns that more cases are likely on the way.

Public Health August 1, 2016

Disney Gator Attack: How to Avoid and Survive Alligator Encounters

The recent Disney alligator attack raised the issue of safety around the reptiles. Here's how to avoid alligator attacks and survive encounters with these creatures.

Animals June 16, 2016

Sea Lice Invade Summer Waters In Gulf Coast Beaches

Public authorities have warned about sea lice outbreaks on Florida beaches, with sea lice stings linked to rashes and even flu-like symptoms. Here's what you should know about sea lice infestations.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 7, 2016

That Giant Alligator Has Got To Be Fake, Right?

A video of a massive alligator on a Florida golf course is spreading like wildfire across the web. Is it legit?

Viral May 31, 2016

Shark Bites Teenage Boy At Waist-Deep Water In Florida Beach

A 13-year-old boy in Florida was attacked by a small shark while riding a surfboard with his father at a local beach on Sunday. He suffered severe lacerations on his leg and was taken to the UF Health Jacksonville.

Animals May 30, 2016

High-Speed Camera Captures Lightning Striking Earth In Slow Motion [Video]

Lightning strikes were captured in slow motion by folks at the Florida Institute of Technology. Scientists used a high-speed camera to record a lightning show at 7,000 frames per second.

Earth/Environment May 26, 2016

Man-Eating Nile Crocodiles Invade Miami

Nile crocodiles have been found in Florida's Everglades, and they could soon develop into the top predator in the region, biologists fear. How dangerous are these man-eating reptiles?

Animals May 21, 2016

Discovery Inside Northern Florida Sinkhole Could Rewrite History

Inside the Florida sinkhole, a discovered ancient civilization challenges history. Analysis of artifacts has revealed that Clovis were not the earliest civilization to roam the Americas.

Ancient May 17, 2016

Florida Woman Taken To Hospital With Shark Still Attached To Arm

A 23-year-old woman was bitten by a nurse shark on a Florida beach - but the shark wouldn't let go of her arm, according to the rescue team. Learn how the Boca Raton shark attack turned out.

Animals May 16, 2016

Army Man From Florida Immediately Demands Taco Bell After Waking Up From 48-Day Coma

After emerging from 48-day coma, a 35-year-old army veteran from Florida had one simple request: 'I want Taco Bell.' Here's his story.

Feature | Health May 14, 2016

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