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BRADENTON (CBSMiami/AP) — Even though climate change has been a hot button issue for years now, one Florida county just recently received a $10,000 grant to prepare for the health effects of climate change.

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The Florida Department of Health awarded the grant to Manatee County’s health department to develop plans to safeguard public health against the effects of climate change.

Officials say some of those potential health effects include heat exposure-related illness from rising temperatures. They also worry about the spread of mosquito- and water-borne diseases resulting from higher temperatures and flooding.

County officials say they have to fine-tune emergency preparedness plans to account for the health effects of climate change.

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The grant focuses on a five-step framework from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to incorporate climate change models into health departments’ routine planning.

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