DOH-Escambia County

Florida DOH

First, the good news.

"Here in Escambia (County) we have had only one case (of Hepatitis-A), and that was in a person who came to our area from a different country," said Dr. John Lanza, director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County.

He says a few of our neighboring counties have not been as lucky. "Santa Rosa (County) has had several cases, Okaloosa has had some cases over the past few months. (That's) higher than is typically seen."

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Wednesday marks the 24th annual “Kick Butts Day,” in which the group Students Working against Tobacco raises awareness of tobacco-related health problems.

But this year’s theme -- “Not a Lab Rat” – actually targets vaping.

“Typically on Kick Butts Day the youth in Escambia County and really across the state stand up against the messages that Big Tobacco tries to push out across the nation,” said Vanessa Phillips at the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County.