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Florida's production of both food and fiber is under serious threat from emerging pathogens new to this state. Many of Florida's most important agricultural and natural resource industries, including citrus, tomato, strawberry and tourism are facing the potential of enormous economic losses.
Florida is highly vulnerable to the introduction of foreign animal diseases and other emerging pathogens, due to its subtropical climate, thriving tourism industry and rapidly growing population, in the midst of large agricultural interests.
Florida's location and environment, as well as immigration and tourism, increase the State's susceptibility to a variety of emerging and re-emerging pathogens. Florida's moderate climate contributes to outdoor, active lifestyles and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Florida's coastline and climate present both an attractive destination for a dynamic tourist population and for the ever-growing retirement community. The demographics of these groups contribute to unique issues concerning emerging food-borne diseases.
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