Shands Hospital

The board chairman of the Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross is the first Florida patient to contract West Nile virus this year, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Nearly all of the Gainesville-area residents who died from flu this season didn’t have vaccinations. And flu shots may have prevented those illnesses, says the Gainesville Sun’s editorial board. A record number of school-age children in Alachua County were vaccinated last year, but the town’s huge population of college-age students also should be a priority for getting flu shots, the board said.

Florida House

Former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense has been admitted to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta for the next phase of his struggle against Guillain-Barre syndrome, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Ocala Star-Banner

To hear his dad tell it, Angus Nelson Standridge was always an active child who loved football, wrestling with his younger siblings, and playing on his trampoline.  As the Ocala Star-Banner reports, the 13-year-old is also fearless when talking about the heart pump that keeps him alive while waiting for a transplant.  A virus had attacked his heart.