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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.

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A Southwest Florida research company said it has developed a medication to combat Zika. The pill is meant to treat people who’ve already contracted the mosquito-borne virus. 

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The rate of babies born premature in Florida and around the nation increased in 2015 according to the recently released March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card