For the most part, Florida's freshwater fishes are considered safe
to eat, but one should be mindful of any health advisories for fish
in certain areas.
Cyanobacteria can cause unsightly blooms; cause taste and odor
problems in public water supplies and can kill domestic animals,
pets, and fish and wildlife that drink or are otherwise exposed to
untreated contaminated water or toxic biota.
H1N1 Swine Flu
The FWC is working with the Florida Department of Health and the
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to monitor
the current swine influenza situation
Anyone involved with the hunting, preparation or eating of wild
game should be aware of diseases that can be acquired from these
animals and their meat. Become familiar with food safety procedures
that can help prevent infection at all stages of preparation, from
field dressing to cooking and storage.
Chronic Wasting Disease
CWD attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to become
emaciated, display abnormal behavior, and lose bodily functions. It
has been diagnosed in mule deer, white-tailed deer, and Rocky
Mountain elk in captive herds and in the wild.
Hunters and others handling birds should follow routine precautions
when handling wild birds and report dead birds to FWC.
Keep using insect repellent, wear long sleeves and long pants and
dump out standing water in the yard where mosquitoes can lay their
The most common mode of rabies viral transmission is through the
bite of an infected animal.
Pseudorabies is a highly contagious infectious disease of swine
caused by pseudorabies virus (PRV), a herpes virus. It is present
in both domestic and feral hogs.
Tick-borne encephalitis, or TBE, is a human viral infectious
disease involving the central nervous system.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia
burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans by the bite of an
infected blacklegged tick.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is
encouraging hunters to take precautions when dressing and handling
harvested wild hogs.
White Nose Syndrome
White Nose Syndrome (WNS) is named for a white fungus that has been
found covering the muzzles and wings of hibernating bats in the
eastern part of the United States. More than a million bats with
WNS have died.
Raccoon roundworm is a parasite that can impact wildlife and
humans. The parasite was recently discovered in Florida and
FWC is currently testing raccoons to determine how widespread the
parasite is in Florida.