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Tuesday, May 03, 2016
DPH Laboratory Confirms First Positive Zika Test of a Pregnant CT Woman
  The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that a pregnant Connecticut woman has tested positive for Zika virus.  According to DPH, the patient became ill with a fever and rash while travelling in Central America. It was during this trip that the patient conceived. The patient has since returned to Central America.  DPH officials contacted the patient’s Connecticut physician today with the positive result and are working to get in touch with the patient or her family to ensure that she seeks medical care while she is out of the country. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Sacred Heart U. Students Urged to Take Precautions After Mumps Outbreak on Campus
  The Department of Public Health (DPH) is reminding Connecticut residents to check their vaccination records and to be aware of the symptoms of mumps amid an outbreak of mumps at Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield and a national increase in mumps activity. In recent months, several colleges and universities throughout the country have reported outbreaks of mumps, including schools in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and New York.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
State Childhood Lead Program Partners with Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission to Launch Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness Campaign
  The state Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Lead and Healthy Homes Program, in partnership with the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC) has produced a lead poisoning prevention educational awareness media campaign targeting Connecticut’s Latino population. Childhood lead poisoning among Latino children is nearly double that of White children, motivating the need for targeted education and outreach to this population. Lead poisoning is one of the most preventable public health problems, often going unnoticed because there are no obvious symptoms.

Monday, April 25, 2016
DPH Announces $15,000 Challenge Awards to 7 Local Health Departments/Districts for their Medical Reserve Corps Programs Announces Capitol Region MRC Coordinator Wins National MRC Mentor Award
  The state Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that seven local health districts or departments have been awarded the 2015-2016 Challenge Award by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for their Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units. As Challenge Award recipients, the MRCs in the Ledge Light, Pomperaug, Uncas and Torrington Health Districts and in the Bridgeport, Milford and Stratford Health Departments will each receive $15,000 to implement innovative practices in their local jurisdictions that can be replicated throughout the state and beyond.

Friday, April 22, 2016
NYC Health Lab Confirms Second Case of Zika in Connecticut
  The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that a second patient living in Connecticut has tested positive for Zika virus. DPH officials were informed today by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that a male patient, 40-49 years old, living in Connecticut tested positive for the virus after returning from a trip to a Zika-affected area in the Caribbean. The patient became ill with a rash one day after his return. No other symptoms were reported.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
State WIC Program Rolling Out Electronic Benefits Transfer System
  The state Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is transitioning to an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system, replacing the paper food checks used at grocery stores with a swipe card similar to a credit or debit card, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today.

Monday, April 18, 2016
New Britain’s Dr. Robert Dudley Receives Childhood Immunization Champion Award from the CDC
  The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced that Dr. Robert Dudley, from the Community Health Center of New Britain, has been named CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for his outstanding efforts to promote childhood immunization in the city of New Britain and state of Connecticut.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
As Fishing Season Kicks Off, DPH Touts Benefits of Fish Consumption
  As the local fishing season gets underway, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) wants to remind anglers and the general public of the benefits of fish consumption. Both local and store-bought fish contain beneficial nutrients, such as fish oils, which can help brain development and prevent heart disease. Other beneficial nutrients include iodine, selenium and protein.

Monday, November 09, 2015
DPH Announces Long-term Care Background Screening Program
  The Connecticut Department of Public Health today announced it has launched a comprehensive background check program for direct care employees of nursing homes and other long-term care agencies that strengthens protections for the elderly and disabled residents.