Zika virus link to microcephly requires further study

The current zika virus epidemic in Brazil  has resulted in increased awareness and active searching for microcephaly -which may have other genetic and in environmental causes. The definition of microcephaly also includes some normal individuals.

The Latin American Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations (ECLAMC), describes case-cohort studies of pregnant women to answer whether there is a causal relationship between prenatal exposure to the zika virus and microcephaly. Syphilis, toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus and herpesvirus are other infectious causes.  Parallel case studies would also include examinations to detect genetic causes.

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Governor Scott Directs Public Health Emergency in Four Counties for Zika Virus

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order 16-29 which directs State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to declare a public health emergency in the four counties which have the Zika virus.  There are currently a total of nine travel-associated cases (defined as disease believed to be contracted outside of the state) of the Zika virus across Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Lee and Santa Rosa Counties. To view the Executive Order, click HERE.

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Medical marijuana on November 8, 2016 Florida ballot

BALLOT TITLE: Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions

BALLOT SUMMARY: Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not immunize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.

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