Florida stateline

Disneyworld foodservice worker diagnosed in late January: In the month of January alone, 189 hepatitis A cases were reported in 26 Florida counties. The number of reported hepatitis A cases more than doubled from 2016 to 2017 after remaining relatively stable in previous years, and case counts in January 2019 are higher than any previous January (and higher than the previous month). A foodservice worker at Walt Disney World’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue was diagnosed with hepatitis A in late January. A foodservice worker at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs was diagnosed with the virus last November. A total of 111 cases of hepatitis A were reported last year in Orange County, where Disney World is located. That’s compared to an annual average of 1.4 cases per year during the past five years, according to the health department. Read more HERE and HERE.

HUMANITARIAN CRISES

Venezuelan food caravans set to start: Thousands of volunteers will organize relief caravans that will enter a starving Venezuela on Feb. 23, National Assembly leader Juan Guaido said Tuesday, setting up a direct confrontation with President Nicolas Maduro. Truckloads of food and medicine have been piling up for days just over the Colombian border after Maduro barricaded entry points, contending that the shipments are meant to humiliate and undermine him. READ MORE

ANIMAL HEALTH

Pressure mounts on Korea to stop eating canines: A rescue operation to save hundreds of dogs in South Korea from the slaughterhouse began Wednesday, as pressure mounts on the country to end its custom of killing canines for meat. About one million dogs are eaten a year in South Korea, often as a summertime delicacy, with the greasy red meat — invariably boiled for tenderness — believed to increase energy. READ MORE

MISCELLANEOUS

Americans flee from high-tax states: A growing number of Californians are contemplating moving from the state — and not due to wildfires or earthquakes but the sky-high cost of living, according to a survey released Wednesday. They’re joining an exodus of Americans moving from high- to low-tax states. Read more HERE and HERE.