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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
First 2016 Human Case of West Nile Virus Identified For CT
  The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that a resident of Milford has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection. This is the first human case of WNV associated illness identified in Connecticut this season. The patient, between 70-79 years of age, became ill during the fourth week of August with encephalitis and remains hospitalized. Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of antibodies to WNV. This person did not travel out of the state before becoming ill.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
No Legionnaires’ Disease Found In Second Individual at CVH
  The state Department of Public Health (DPH) today confirmed that a second individual connected to Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) in Middletown initially suspected of having Legionnaires’ disease has tested negative for the infection. On August 9th, DPH and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) announced that a patient at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) had been diagnosed with legionellosis, a bacterial infection that causes pneumonia-like symptoms, commonly known as Legionnaires’ disease. At that time, the second suspected case was awaiting the results of confirmatory tests, which were received earlier today.

Friday, August 19, 2016
Statement from DPH Commissioner on Updated CDC Zika Travel Precautions
  The following is a statement from Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino regarding today’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that an additional area of active Zika transmission has been identified in Florida involving a section of Miami Beach, in addition to the area of active Zika transmission near Wynwood.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
USDA Awards Four Connecticut WIC Programs: Exemplary Support to Breastfeeding WIC Participants Recognized
  The Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that four of Connecticut’s local Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs are being recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for exemplary efforts in supporting breastfeeding WIC mothers. The four agencies are receiving the Loving Support Award of Excellence as part of the USDA’s National WIC Breastfeeding Week, celebrated August 1-7, to highlight their ongoing efforts to encourage breastfeeding among WIC participants.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
State Confirms Case of Legionnaires’ Disease at CT Valley Hospital in Middletown, 2nd Possible Case Awaiting Test Results
  The state Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and Public Health (DPH) today confirmed that a patient at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) has been diagnosed with legionellosis, a bacterial infection that causes pneumonia-like symptoms, commonly known as Legionnaires’ disease. The patient is receiving treatment at a local area hospital and is doing well. A second suspected case is currently being treated, and DPH is awaiting the results of a confirmatory test.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016
STATEMENT FROM DPH COMMISSIONER ON UPDATED CDC ZIKA TRAVEL PRECAUTIONS
  The following is a statement from Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino regarding yesterday’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it has added an area north of Downtown Miami, FL to its travel warning for Zika-affected areas.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Connecticut Citizens Face Unhealthy Air Quality on Wednesday and Thursday
  Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is forecasting unhealthy air quality beginning Wednesday (July 6) and lasting thru Thursday (July 7).

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.