Miami-Dade County

People experiencing homelessness in Miami now have access to a new bathroom after the city  opened on Wednesday its first permanent toilet in Downtown. 

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Having just closed the case on a police shooting that occurred more than eight years ago, Miami's top prosecutor said her office takes "far too long" to investigate shootings involving police officers.

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A Miami-area beach has been shut down by Florida officials after levels of bacteria from animal intestines were too high.

Let's Talk About Sex Ed In Miami-Dade, Say Activists

Jan 27, 2017

A Miami-Dade low-income advocacy group is trying to expand sexual education for students in the county's schools.

The Miami Worker's Center launched a Sex Ed survey this week for Miami-Dade high school students. The survey is the first step in shaping and eventually implementing a comprehensive sexual education curriculum for students in Miami-Dade County.

WLRN's Lisann Ramos spoke to Lutze Segu, the gender justice organizer for The Miami Worker's Center, about the initiative.

WLRN: Tell us, what is this campaign is about?

Zika Cases Top 1,100 In Florida

Nov 1, 2016

With the addition of five more cases Monday, Florida's total number of diagnoses of the mosquito-borne Zika virus topped 1,100, according to information posted online by the state Department of Health.

The total hit 1,103, including 124 infections involving pregnant women. Zika is particularly dangerous to pregnant women because it can cause severe birth defects.

Owners Of Assisted Living Facilities In Miami Indicted

Oct 26, 2016
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Ten owners of assisted-living facilities in Miami-Dade County have been indicted on charges that they received kickbacks for referring residents to a pharmacy for medications and durable medical equipment, state and federal authorities announced Tuesday.

Two More Zika Cases Found In Miami-Dade County

Oct 26, 2016
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State health officials said Tuesday six more cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been found in Florida, with two involving people getting infected in Miami-Dade County.

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Yessica Flores is getting ultrasounds more frequently than the average pregnant woman, but there's a cruel downside accompanying the joy of seeing how much her unborn daughter grows every few weeks: fear of possible defects caused by Zika.

Five New Cases Bring Florida’s Zika Total To 993

Oct 11, 2016
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Five new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus were reported in Florida on Monday, bringing the state's total overall number of individuals who acquired the disease from local mosquitoes to 146, according to information released Monday by the state Department of Health. Overall, there are 933 Zika cases in Florida.

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.

3 More Zika Cases Reported In Miami-Dade

Sep 26, 2016
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Three more locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus were reported Friday in Miami-Dade County as the overall number of such cases climbs toward 100.

Four More Zika Cases Reported In Miami-Dade

Sep 21, 2016
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The State Department of Health reported Tuesday that Florida has four new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in Miami-Dade County. 

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In Miami-Dade County, the only area in the United States confirmed to have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, some residents say they'd rather be bitten than be exposed to droplets of chemicals sprayed from planes to kill the bugs. No assurances from health officials would calm some 200 people packing a Miami Beach City Commission meeting Wednesday.

Gov. Scott Will Urge Congress To Fund Fight Against Zika

Sep 11, 2016
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott will go to Washington, D.C., this week to urge Congress to fund the fight against the mosquito-borne Zika virus as the disease continues to be detected in Miami-Dade County.

The first round of aerial insecticide spraying in South Beach was completed at 5:32 a.m. Friday.

Health Officials Find Another Local Zika Case In Miami-Dade

Aug 30, 2016
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State health officials on Monday reported another locally transmitted case of the Zika virus in Miami-Dade County. 

While Florida Health officials are investigating the first potential local mosquito transmission of the Zika virus in the continental U-S, some are questioning whether the country is prepared to care for a growing number of children born with microcephaly.

While investigations regarding what might be the nation's first locally acquired cases of Zika in Miami-Dade and Broward counties continue, public officials warn South Florida residents to take an active part in preventing mosquito-breeding zones. 

Chalmers Vasquez, Miami Dade County's mosquito control manager, says it is up to communities to keep their neighborhoods from becoming mosquito-breeding zones. 

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A second possible non-travel related case of Zika virus was announced today in Broward County, health officials said.

Florida health department officials have been tight-lipped about the investigation into a possible locally-transmitted case of Zika virus in Miami-Dade County.

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The Florida Department of Health is investigating a possible non-travel related case of Zika in Miami-Dade County.

The Florida Department of Health reports a child in Miami-Dade County has come down with a case of measles.

 

According to a release from the health department, the child who came down with measles had not been vaccinated.

The department said public health officials would be notifying people who may have been exposed.

The health department did not say where the child may have traveled before or after getting sick.

The measles virus can hang in the air and continue to be infectious up to two hours after the sick person has left the room.

Putnam Puts Miami-Dade Under Fruit Fly Emergency

Sep 16, 2015

A type of fruit fly led Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Tuesday to declare a state of agricultural emergency in Miami-Dade County.

Two health issues being addressed in this year’s legislative session both would deal with substance abuse in new ways for Florida: a needle exchange to reduce disease spread among IV drug abusers, and specialized car locks for repeat DUI offenders.

With the March 31 deadline to buy health care looming, Florida ranks first in overall sign-ups for states with the federal government-run marketplace, at nearly 442,000. 

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With just two weeks left before Affordable Care Act enrollment ends, Miami-Dade cab drivers may be getting a big tip. 

Needle-Exchange Bill Leaps Hurdles

Feb 18, 2014

 A bill creating a pilot needle-exchange program in South Florida received the unanimous backing of a Senate committee Monday, according to the Miami Herald. (paywall alert)

Next week, a House panel reviews the bill, which would provide drug users with clean needles, drug testing and vaccinations at no cost to taxpayers, the Herald says.

Voters in Miami-Dade County today are considering a local referendum on whether to approve $832 million in bonds to finance construction and equipment at Jackson Health System , the Miami Herald reports (paywall alert).

Several unions have accused the administration of the Miami-Dade Health Insurance Fund of hiding a multi-million dollar “slush” fund as employees are still asked to contribute 5 percent of their pay for health insurance, the Miami Herald reports. The county clerk will audit the health insurance reserve account, which union representatives for police, sewer and some Jackson Memorial Health System employees say has a $74-million surplus. 

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