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Zika Cases Mostly Travel Related

Jun 22, 2017

As summer officially started Wednesday, Florida has had 84 reported Zika infections this year — with the vast majority of them classified as “travel related,” according to information posted online by the state Department of Health.

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I’m in a lab at Florida Gulf Coast University, talking to a 4-year-old about every photo in her mom’s camera roll.


Her mom, Alana Underwood, asked Curious Gulf Coast, “Is there some factor in this area that’s causing more cases of pediatric cancer than other parts of the nation?"

Syphilis Cases Have Doubled In Six Years In The Area

Feb 28, 2017

You might think of syphilis as an archaic sexually transmitted disease. But the number of syphilis cases in Southwest Florida has nearly doubled since 2011. Back then, there were about 4,000 cases. Now, there are nearly 8,000.

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Hunting for seashells along Southwest Florida beaches is a common hobby, but how well do you know your shells? Can you tell a ribbed cantharus from a cerith? A paper fig from a rusty dove? 

A new mobile program, called “Mollusks on the Move” from Lee County Parks, has Sanibel’s Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum bringing shell information off the island in an effort to make more people aware of the different types of shells, but also to teach responsible shelling that protects Florida mollusks threatened by climate change.

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Florida’s tomato growing season is now in full swing and growers are hopeful the industry will rebound after this past season during which farmers saw a nearly 23 percent reduction in crop yields.  Florida is the largest fresh tomato producing state in the country.