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Monday, May 16, 2016
DPH Honors Several CT EMS Personnel during National EMS Week
  The state Department of Public Health (DPH) today celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the nation’s modern Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and kicked off national EMS Week, by honoring six EMS personnel and an EMS organization at a State Capitol ceremony. The theme of this year’s EMS week (May 15-21) is “Called to Care” and is a part of a larger campaign, EMS STRONG, by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), to recognize and inspire EMS personnel and strengthen the profession nationally.

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Two More Female Patients, One Pregnant, Test Positive for Zika
  The state Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that two female Connecticut residents, one of them pregnant, have tested positive for the Zika virus.  The non-pregnant patient returned from Puerto Rico in late April and became ill on April 29th with a rash, conjunctivitis and other symptoms associated with Zika. The other patient, nine weeks pregnant, returned from the Dominican Republic also in late April and became ill on April 28th with a rash. Both patients and their physicians have been informed of the test results.

Friday, May 06, 2016
Gov. Malloy Signs Legislation Updating Connecticut’s Community Water Fluoridation Law for New Federal Standards 
  The state Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that Connecticut residents will continue to receive the public health benefits of community water fluoridation, thanks to a new law signed by Governor Dannel Malloy earlier this week that will keep Connecticut’s fluoridation levels in line with federal recommendations on the optimal fluoride level for preventing tooth decay. The Department of Public Health’s Drinking Water Section and Office of Oral Health heralded the bill’s passage and signing, coming during National Drinking Water Week.

Friday, May 06, 2016
Fourth Positive Zika Test Confirmed by DPH State Laboratory
  The state Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that a fourth Connecticut patient, a non-pregnant woman in her 30s, has tested positive for the Zika virus.  The patient travelled from the Caribbean to Connecticut on April 25th and became ill on April 29th.  Her symptoms included fever, rash and conjunctivitis.  The patient and her physician have been informed of the test result.

Friday, May 06, 2016
Con el pronóstico que el Zika podría infectar 1 de cada 5 Puertorriqueños DPH le recomienda a todos los viajeros a países afectados tomar precauciones
  El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Connecticut (DPH) les recomienda a todas las personas, especialmente a las mujeres embarazadas o que piensan quedar embarazadas, evitar viajar a las áreas afectadas por el virus Zika. Según el Centro para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), se pronostica que aproximadamente 700,000 personas serán afectadas por el virus del Zika en Puerto Rico este año. Con la existencia de dos vuelos diarios a Puerto Rico y otros vuelos a países afectados por el virus del Zika (ver el mapa) desde Bradley y aeropuertos en los estados vecinos, se le recomienda a los viajeros protegerse de las picaduras de mosquitos. Si planea viajar a países donde hay virus del Zika u otras enfermedades transmitidas por la picadura de mosquitos, tome las siguientes precauciones: use repelente de insectos, use camisas manga larga y pantalones largos, permanezca en lugares con aire acondicionado o que tengan mallas o mosquiteros en las puertas y ventanas.

Friday, May 06, 2016
With Zika Expected to Infect 1 in 5 Puerto Ricans, DPH Urges CT Travelers to Affected Areas to Take Precautions
  The State Department of Public Health (DPH) today reiterated warnings urging Connecticut residents, particularly pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant, to avoid travel to countries that have been affected by Zika virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Zika is expected to infect roughly 700,000 people on the island of Puerto Rico by the end of the year. With a large Puerto Rican community in Connecticut, and sizable populations from other Zika-affected countries (see map), coupled with daily flights to Puerto Rico and other countries from Bradley and airports in neighboring states, travelers should protect themselves from the virus by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. When traveling to countries where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes have been reported, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.

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.

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.