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Summer Campers Fight Crime in the Tobacco Free Art Contest

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The Tobacco Free Collier Partnership would like to congratulate Zaddy Hernandez of Camp Mackle and Dante Holts of Golden Gate Community Center, this year’s winners of the 2019 Tobacco Free Summer Art Contest! This contest gave campers an opportunity to bring forth their artistic skills in a way that displays the harmful effects associated with tobacco use on famous cartoons as well as why their favorite cartoons do not use tobacco products.

Today, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees declared a Public Health Emergency to address the increase in Hepatitis A cases in Florida due to the current national outbreak. The declaration builds upon the Public Health Advisory that was issued by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) on November 18, 2018 and reemphasizes the importance of the Hepatitis A vaccination as the best way to prevent Hepatitis A infection.

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Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or exposure to contaminated food or water. Symptoms Hepatitis A include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, diarrhea, clay-colored stool, joint pain, and jaundice.