A federal agent shoots himself at the Orlando airport, Florida gets its first sexual transmission of Zika, and more

A federal agent shoots himself at the Orlando airport, Florida gets its first sexual transmission of Zika this year, and more
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Federal agent shoots himself in the foot at Orlando International Airport:

The Kansas City-based agent was actually on vacation in Orlando when he dropped his gun and shot his left heel out near the passenger lobby of the Hyatt Hotel. The agent, who was wearing an American flag T-shirt with the phrase "PROUD" across it, was injured after his shoulder bag reportedly caught on his holster. Thankfully, no one else was injured and everything went right back to "normal" because that's the world we live in today.

Florida confirms first sexually transmitted Zika case of 2017:

The Florida Department of Health confirmed last week the state's first sexually transmitted Zika case of 2017 in Pinellas County. The diagnosed person had not traveled, but recently, that person's partner traveled to Cuba and came back ill with symptoms associated with the mosquito-borne virus, according to a statement from the agency. The state health department says it has alerted mosquito control near the area, and adds that no local mosquitos are spreading the virus. This year, the total number of Zika cases in Florida is up to 118. The virus can cause mild symptoms in those it infects, but it's especially dangerous to unborn fetuses because it causes birth defects.

Florida man in shark-dragging video had previous case dropped by wildlife officials:

Federal wildlife officials previously investigated one of the Florida men associated with the disturbing shark-dragging video in 2015 for an alarming set of photos that showed him gripping protected birds. The case was eventually dropped because although there were photos of the incidents, investigators with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were "unable to establish venue or a timeframe when the photographs were taken, creating a possible issue with the statute of limitations," according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report. After the shark-dragging video went viral last month, Florida wildlife officials began investigating the men involved, but they have not identified them publicly. One of the men asked local officials for increased police patrols at his Palmetto home because of death threats.

Pride Fund to End Gun Violence announces Billy Manes memorial fellowship:

The LGBTQ political action committee focused on gun reform announced this week it would create an educational fellowship to honor Manes' "lifelong commitment to political advocacy while also commemorating his mentorship and involvement in the founding of Pride Fund." Manes, 45, died last month after a prominent career in journalism as a former Orlando Weekly staff writer and Watermark editor-in-chief. The fellowship will reportedly "prepare emerging leaders for important positions in political advocacy by instilling in them the values that Billy embodied: determination, passion and courage."

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