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SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Mosquito Control announced Thursday, July 31, that two sentinel chickens had tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis. Officials urge residents to use mosquito repellant and rid their property of standing water.

Sentinel chickens are used as an early-warning detection system for some mosquito-borne arboviral diseases. The chickens are tested to determine if mosquitoes carrying diseases are present in the area.

Sentinel chickens are kept in eight locations in the county and tested weekly. One of the chickens that tested positive for SLEV was at Walsingham Park in Seminole. The second was in Cross Bayou in unincorporated Seminole.

Mosquito Control technicians are treating known breeding areas by ground and by air, as well as responding to requests from residents, according to a press release. Additional fogging is ongoing in these areas.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SLEV is a rare disease spread to humans via a bite by an infected mosquito. SLEV is not spread from person to person. Health officials say that some people infected with the virus may not have symptoms at all. Others, especially those over the age of 50, can become seriously ill.
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LARGO - The Aquatics Division of the city of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department will offer a new season of water exercise for those suffering from arthritis.

Classes are offered at the Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE.

For the month of August, classes will be presented Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., beginning Aug. 1. There will be no class on Aug. 15 and Aug. 25-29. Cost is $27 for residents, $33.75 for nonresidents and drop in fees are $4/$5/$8.
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Wednesday, July 30
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is asking for the public's help to prevent the spread of cryptosporidiosis (crypto), a disease that spreads easily in households, child-care settings and through swimming in contaminated water.

Crypto is a parasitic disease that can cause loose, watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and slight fever.

As of July 29, 58 cases of cryptosporidiosis have been reported to DOH- Pinellas. Many of those infected have reported spending time at water parks or public pools during the incubation period.
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OneBlood Inc. and The Institute for Transfusion Medicine Inc. recently announced an agreement to pursue a merger of the two organizations.

OneBlood is a not-for-profit blood center serving most of Florida and parts of South Georgia and Alabama. The Institute for Transfusion Medicine Inc. is a not-for-profit blood center and transfusion services management organization operating in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Virginia and parts of Ohio and West Virginia.

The merger would create the largest independent not-for-profit blood center in the United States distributing nearly 2 million units of blood annually, with combined revenues of $480 million and employing more than 3,500 people.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System recently announced that Karen Reich, chief executive officer, has been elected to a three-year term on the Catholic Health Association Board of Trustees.

Reich was one of seven individuals elected to the board during the 2014 Catholic Health Assembly in Chicago, June 22-24.

The Catholic Health Association is the trade association for more than 600 hospitals and 1,400 long-term care and other health facilities that are in the Catholic health ministry. CHA’s board, consisting of 23 trustees, is responsible for developing CHA’s strategic direction, ensuring CHA’s fidelity to its mission, stewarding CHA’s resources, and performing other governance activities to support and strengthen the Catholic health ministry in the United States.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Michael Barozzini, formerly the director of quality, regulatory and infection control, has been appointed chief quality officer at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Barozzini has been at Bay-front since 2006 when he started as a critical care charge nurse. Currently working on his master’s degree in nursing, he holds bachelor’s degrees in business management and nursing and is certified as a critical care nurse and professional in Healthcare Quality.
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Monday, July 28
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has received confirmation of its third chikungunya case.

Officials say a 38-year-old male who traveled to the Caribbean in July is infected.

The mosquito-borne viral infection is characterized by a high fever, severe chronic joint pain and fatigue. There have been 87 confirmed travel-associated cases in Florida in 2014, as of July 19.
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Thursday, July 17
Dental exams and X-rays at no charge for children and teens ages 4 to 18 will make families smile as they start planning for the Aug. 18 start of the school year in Pinellas.

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will provide these services for new patients only, no appointment necessary, on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at two of its health department locations. New patients will be seen in the order in which they arrive after the clinics open at 8 a.m. that day.

Dental exams and X-rays at no charge will be provided at these DOH-Pinellas locations only:
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Hepatitis C is a disease that is caused by a virus that affects the liver. Even though the disease often doesn’t produce symptoms, it can seriously damage the liver and can be fatal. An estimated 3.2 million Americans have Hepatitis C.

Older people are more likely to have been exposed to Hepatitis C, but many older Americans are not aware that they need to be tested for it. A December 2013 report found that Hepatitis C infections are concentrated in the Baby Boomers generation (the report is available online at http://bit.ly/TTsXih). In another major study of people with the virus, 75 percent of the patients were born between 1945 and 1964.

What is Hepatitis C?
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CLEARWATER - Starkey Hearing Technologies has introduced Halo, a new hearing aid engineered to connect with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Halo users have the ability to experience listening clarity, even in noisy surroundings, using wireless Bluetooth 2.0 technology. Halo connects to the TruLink Hearing Control app, which is free to download in the App Store.

“This hearing aid revolutionizes the way our patients connect with the world with a hearing impairment,” said Kristen Decelles, hearing services manager at St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute. “With the combination of a superior hearing aid, wireless connectivity and smartphone integration, our patients’ quality of life improves tremendously.”
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Wednesday, July 9
ST. PETERSBURG - The supply of O Negative blood has reached very low levels due to summer vacations and school and college summer breaks. An immediate appeal is being issued for all O Negative donors to donate at OneBlood, the local blood center, as soon as possible.

If anyone has O Negative blood type or knows anyone who has O Negative blood type, they are encouraged to donate as soon as possible. For locations and hours of OneBlood Donor Centers and mobile units, Visit oneblood.org or call 1-888-9 DONATE (888-936-6283).

O Negative blood is the universal blood type, meaning any patient can receive O Negative blood regardless of the recipient’s blood type. O Negative is critical for trauma patients, premature babies and emergency surgeries.
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• Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Belleair Women’s Republican Club's candidates forum
BELLEAR – A forum for candidates for circuit court judgeships and Pinellas County School Board seats will be held at The Belleair Women’s Republican Club’s monthly meeting Friday, Aug. 1, at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $22. For reservations by July 29. Please call or email Pat Watts at 595-1791 or email wattsp7@aol.com or Sherrie Morton at sherriemorton@tampabay.rr.com. Attendees can pay at the door with a check or cash. The club does not accept credit cards. A forum featuring opposed 6th District Court judicial candidates and Pinellas County School Board candidates will be there.
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Chili’s Food & A Flick Blood Drive
Select Chili’s restaurants will host the Food & A Flick Blood Drive Friday, Aug. 1, 3 to 8 p.m. Donors receive a $5 Chili’s coupon, plus a voucher for a free movie ticket. For a complete list of locations, call 888-936-6283 or visit www.oneblood.org /chilis.

The following Pinellas locations will participate in the event: 5430 East Bay Drive, Clearwater; 13359 Seminole Blvd., Largo; 7250 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park; 40584 U.S. 19 N., Tarpon Springs; and 6798 Crosswinds Drive, St. Petersburg.

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org.
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Scottish American Society social gatherings
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.  

The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.   

Call 734 0757.
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• Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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Back-to-school blood drives
Select Walmart stores will host Back to School blood drives over the tax free weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. For a complete list of Florida locations, visit www.oneblood.org /walmart or call 888-936-6283.  

The following Pinellas stores will participate on Aug. 2: 1111 Missouri Ave., Largo; 10238 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg; 23106 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater; 1794 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg;  and 3801 Tampa Road, Oldsmar.  

The following Pinellas stores will participate on Aug. 3: 2677 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater and 23106 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.  

All donors also will receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.  

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.
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Community garage sale
SEMINOLE –The Seminole Warhawk Marching Band Boosters will host a community garage sale, Saturday, Aug. 2, 7 a.m. to noon, in the parking lot of Seminole Middle School, 8701 131st St. This fundraiser supports the band. For more information, email farmerb@pcsb.org.  
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Indian Shores library book sale
INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Library plans a book sale Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, offering books, magazines and puzzles in good condition. The sale will take place outside the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd.  

To celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, the library staff is giving those who spend $5 an ice cream sandwich. A tall glass of lemonade will also be served to donors.  

For more information, call Alice Lawrence at 542-9742 or email pipers@tampabay.rr.com.
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Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping
ST. PETERSBURG – An Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping will be presented Saturday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.  

During this free two-hour program, UF/IFAS Extension agent Brian Niemann will provide information on the basics of Florida-Friendly Landscaping and composting.  

Registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.
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World Breastfeeding Week Family Picnic
PINELLAS PARK – The World Breastfeeding Week Family Picnic & Big Latch On 2014 will be Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, at Girls Inc. of Pinellas, 7700 61st St. N., Pinellas Park.

La Leche League of Pinellas County will sponsor the free event. The celebration will include a silent auction and raffles. Proceeds will help raise funds for annual LLL leader dues, books and print materials used to help mothers.

La Leche League is a nonprofit organization and all of its leaders are volunteers. The organization’s mission is to provide support, information and education to mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. Call 692-7009.
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• Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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