Miami Beach

Trial Of Miami Nursing Home Executive $1B Fraud Nears End

Apr 1, 2019
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The federal trial of a Florida health care executive wrapped up on Friday with closing statements from the prosecution calling the defendant a trickster who couldn't help himself and his defense arguing he was an ambitious and caring businessman. 

South Florida has long been an international hotspot for plastic surgery. But it's also been plagued by issues around safety. According to a new USA Today investigation, there were eight deaths in Miami related to surgeries from one plastic surgery business over the course of six years. Although the business has changed its name multiple times, it continues to be run by the same man, Dr. Ismael Labrador. 

Another Mosquito Found With Zika In Miami Beach

Oct 5, 2016
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An additional mosquito has tested positive for Zika in a small area of Miami Beach where people have become infected with the virus, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Tuesday.

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Until recently, Miami Beach Botanical Garden was home to more than 2,000 colorful bromeliads.

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More Zika-car rying mosquitoes have been captured in Miami Beach, this time in a new neighborhood.

The Florida Department of Agriculture said Saturday that it's the sixth time Zika-bearing mosquitoes have been captured in Miami Beach. It was the first capture of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in two weeks.

Zika can cause severe brain-related birth defects, including disastrously small heads, in pregnant women who become infected. The same mosquito species that spreads Zika also transmits dengue fever.

For months, health officials have been pleading with South Floridians to “drain and cover” --  especially people who live in Miami Beach, Miami-Dade’s remaining zika virus hot zone. And now the county has reported a case of locally-acquired dengue fever – another mosquito-borne virus.

More Mosquitoes Test Positive For Zika In Miami Beach

Sep 19, 2016
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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Friday that another mosquito sample in Miami-Dade County has tested positive for the Zika virus. The positive test came from the same area of Miami Beach where four other samples have previously tested positive for Zika, department officials said.

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Florida health officials are expanding the local transmission area in Miami Beach.

Gov. Rick Scott announced in a news release Friday evening that the zone, which had been limited primarily to South Beach, has expanded north, bringing the total affected area to around 4.5 square miles.

After a heated emergency workshop that included protests from neighbors against the use of a pesticide forbidden in Europe and exchanges between the Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, the aerial spraying of adulticide against mosquitoes in Miami Beach was postponed 24 hours until Friday morning. 

Several hundred concerned citizens attended -- and often interrupted -- a heated, last-minute Miami Beach City Commission workshop to discuss use of the pesticide Naled to control mosquitoes that may carry Zika. They say they're worried the pesticide is more harmful than the birth defects that can be caused by the virus.

 

 

Town Hall Addresses Zika Concerns in Miami Beach

Aug 30, 2016
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Miami Beach residents had a chance to voice their concerns about Zika at a town hall Monday night. State Rep. David Richardson hosted the discussion, which included Florida Surgeon General Celeste Philip and other public officials.

Early Friday afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the area between Eighth Street and 28th Street in Miami Beach is an active zone of Zika transmission, with five non-travel-related case of the virus linked to the city.

However daily life continued uninterrupted in Miami Beach – tourists lounged along Ocean Drive, and residents walked their dogs with tank tops and shorts on.

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U.S. health officials are warning pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach, where Florida officials say mosquitoes have spread the Zika virus to five people.

The Baptist brand of health care is coming to Miami Beach.  

The city planning board voted 6-1 to give Baptist the green light to build an urgent care center at 709 Alton Road.