Monday, March 25, 2013
A new report released by the Florida Department of Health lists the county’s top killers and the overall state of resident health.
Land O’ Lakes residents are more likely to die from cancer than succumb to the grips of pneumonia or AIDS. That’s according to the Florida Department of Health, which just released a report on Pasco County’s health. The report provides a look at the overall health of Pasco County residents while detailing the top killers between 2009 and 2011. During that three-year period there were about 744 deaths in Pasco County. Here are the top 9 killers and their 3-year age-adjusted death rates for Pasco, according to the Florida Office of Vital Statistics: So, how healthy is Pasco? It depends, according to a media release issued by the Pasco County Health Department. “In Pasco County, health outcome (death and disease measures) ranking has declined…
Friday, August 24, 2012
Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, health officials say.
Friday, August 24, 2012
The Pasco County Health Department is emphasizing the importance of personal protection against mosquito bites as human cases of West Nile virus are identified across the country and state. Right now no human cases have been reported in Pasco County this year. Throughout the year,the health departments work with Mosquito Control, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and state universities, to monitor for the presence of illnesses carried by mosquitoes. "Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Take some simple measuresto reduce the chances of contracting a mosquito-borne illness," said Michael J. Napier, M.S., Interim Health Officer of the Pasco …
Monday, June 25, 2012
The Pasco County Health Department warns residents of the possibility of contamination, and reminds parents not to let children play in the standing waters left behind by Tropical Storm Debby.
As flooding from Tropical Storm Debby continues throughout Pasco County and the surrounding Bay area, the Pasco County Health Department is urging residents to take precautions when it comes to floodwater exposure. Though skin contact with floodwaters may not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, health hazards are a concern when waters become contaminated. Floodwaters may contain fecal material, associated bacteria, viruses, and other pollutants, a health department press release stated. The Pasco County Health Department recommends the following precautions to prevent possible illness from flood waters: If you are on a septic system, and your plumbing is functioning slowly or sluggishly, you should: For more information, visit www.…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Breast and cervical cancer screening is available at five locations in Pasco County.
The Pasco County Health Department offers a breast and cervical cancer screening program for low-income and uninsured women between the ages of 50 and 64, according to a media release. The Pasco County Health Department also offers no-cost screening mammograms through Susan G. Komen for the Cure Florida Suncoast funding. Pasco County residents who are low-income and uninsured between the ages of 40 and 49 may qualify for a free screening mammogram, the release stated. Mammogram exceptions may be given if the client has a breast abnormality suggestive of cancer and is a woman 19 to 39 years of age, or a man 19 years or older, according to the release. The program can be accessed at one of the five health department sites: Dade City, …