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A recent study by the University of Florida may help prevent the spread of a disease that's damaging tomatoes globally.

While mainland South Florida ramps up its battle against the mosquito that can carry Zika, the Florida Keys has already begun the region's most intensive mosquito control operation.

Blue-green algae blooms that devastated Florida's coasts last summer contained as many as 28 types of bacteria, some of which can harm humans.

As the rainy season returns to South Florida and the fight against Zika gears up, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District Tuesday began a first-in-Florida trial of a control method that uses bacteria to reduce mosquito populations.

The district will release 20,000 male mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria twice a week for the next 12 weeks. The releases will take place in a 10-acre test site on Stock Island,  and mosquito traps there will be compared with a similar-sized control area nearby (but separated by a buffer).

Surgical equipment used in open heart surgeries and liver transplants may have been contaminated by the manufacturer.

Three central Florida cities have been ranked among the best places in the country to staycation.

Beach Advisory for Pinellas Beaches

Jul 18, 2012

The Pinellas County Health Department issued a saltwater beach advisory for five Pinellas beaches:

  • Sand Key Park, Clearwater
  • Honeymoon Island, Dunedin
  • Indian Rocks Beach (1700 Gulf Blvd)
  • Madeira Beach, Archibald Park
  • Redington Shores (182nd Avenue W.)

These five locations could be a potential health risk to swimmers because of enteric bacteria that can cause human disease, infections, or rashes.

The next water sampling is scheduled for July 30th.