Florida Health Department celebrating 125 years
The Florida Department of Health is turning 125 years old this year. The agency will celebrate with events around the state all year. The first event kicked off in Key West earlier this month where State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong laid a wreath at the grave of the first state public health officer, Dr. Joseph Yates Porter. The state Legislature created the State Board of Health in 1889 in response to a yellow fever epidemic in Jacksonville. Yellow fever was eradicated in 1905 in Florida.
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