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Foodborne Illness: Follow food safety handling practices at the store


July 8, 2022

In the last blog post, we discussed how prevalent are foodborne illnesses, the populations especially vulnerable to this issue. In this post, we will discuss some safe food-handling practices while we are at the grocery store. Sometimes, ... READ MORE

Category: Food Safety, Health & Nutrition, Work & Life
Tags: Bacteria, Food, Food Poisoning, Food Safety, Foodborne Illness, Pathogen, Pgm_FCS, Virus

Guest Blog: My Tangle with the Delta Variant of COVID-19


September 23, 2021

As the Zoonotic Diseases Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, I am required to remain abreast of emerging zoonotic diseases worldwide. The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus responsible for causing ... READ MORE

Category: Health & Nutrition, Work & Life
Tags: Coronavirus, Covid-19, COVID-19 Vaccines, Delta Variant, Pandemic, SARS-CoV-2, Vaccines, Virus
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Bromeliads and Mosquitoes

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July 25, 2020

What can you do to prevent mosquitoes from inhabiting your bromeliad plants? The information below is courtesy of Dr. Roxanne Connelly formerly with the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Lab and currently with CDC. There are several options: ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, , Disaster Preparation, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Dengue, Florida Medical Entomology Lab, FMEL, Gioeli, Mosquito, Mosquitoes, Virus, West Nile

Preventing the Spread of Germs and Viruses


March 6, 2020

There are many germs, microorganisms and viruses in our environment. With a healthy immune system and cooking food to the proper temperature along with proper handwashing, we can usually fight off these germs and stay healthy. How do germs ... READ MORE

Category: Food Safety, Health & Nutrition,
Tags: 20 Seconds, Coronavirus, Cover Your Cough, Cover Your Sneeze, Food Safety, Handwashing, Lather Hands, Prevention, Proper Handwashing, Recommended Hand Washing Procedure, Scrub Hands, Soap And Water, Thoroughly Cook Meat And Eggs, Virus, Wash With Soap And Water, Wet Hands

Can my plants catch the flu? Plant viruses and transmission to hosts


December 29, 2017

It's flu season! Hopefully, you have gotten the flu vaccine for you and your family this year. If not, there's still time. While you may or may not catch the flu this year, some folks wonder if it's possible for them to transmit viruses to plants ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Aphid, Flu, Low-toxicity Pesticide, Plant Disease, Thrip, Vaccine, Vector, Virus, Whitefly

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