News, Notices and Information

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Positive West Nile Mosquito - Shelton

Posted on August 14, 2018

On August 14, 2018, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), a separate state agency that is responsible for trapping, identifying, and testing mosquitoes for encephalitis viruses (including West Nile Virus), reported one (1) mosquito trapped in Shelton tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). There have been no reported human cases of WNV in the Valley as of 8/14/18.

The Shelton Avenue trapping station is one of 91 trapping stations monitored by CAES and the only trapping station in the jurisdiction of the Naugatuck Valley Health District.

The map on the left shows the locations of the 91 trapping stations. The map on the right shows the 2018 West Nile Virus Activity as of August 13, 2018, including positive mosquitoes, positive human cases and will be updated if any positive horse cases are reported.

Like many other towns in Connecticut, Naugatuck Valley Health District is advising residents to take the necessary precautions to reduce mosquitoes around your homes and avoid mosquito bites.


Additional Mosquito Resources

CDC: Prevent Mosquito Bites
CDC: Controlling Mosquitoes at Home
CAES: State of Connecticut Mosquito Trapping and Arbovirus Testing Program
CT Mosquito Management Program
Fairfield Health Department: Mosquitoes YouTube Video

National Immunization Awareness Month

Posted on August 13, 2018


August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and promotes the importance of immunizations throughout each persons life.

Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

From the moment you found out you were pregnant, you started protecting your baby. You might have changed the way you eat, started taking a prenatal vitamin or researched the kind of car seat to buy. But did you know that one of the best ways to start protecting your baby against serious diseases is by getting flu and Tdap vaccines while you are pregnant? …….read more here.

Updated 8/13/18.

August 2018 Newsletter

Posted on August 01, 2018

Download a copy of our August 2018 Newsletter.

RECALL LIST (updated 7/25/18)

Posted on July 24, 2018

This page will be monitored and updated as new information is released.

For a complete list of notices of recalls and alerts from both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), visit the FoodSafety.gov website: https://www.foodsafety.gov/recalls/recent

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal

OUTBREAK Update: Salmonella infections linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal now total 100 people in 33 states.

Retailers:

  • Do not sell or serve Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.

Consumers:

  • CDC continues to recommend people not eat and retailers not sell any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. It might be contaminated with Salmonella and could make people sick.
  • Even if some of the cereal has been eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund.
  • If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg’s Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away.
  • Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.
  • Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:
    - Diarrhea
    - Fever
    - Abdominal cramps

Additional Information:
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/mbandaka-06-18/index.html
FDA: Kellogg Company Voluntarily Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Due to Possible Health Risk

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Pepperidge Farm Goldfish

Voluntary Recall Notice from Pepperidge Farm:

If you have any of these products, please use caution and throw them away.

Additional Information:
www.pepperidgefarm.com/GoldfishUpdate
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Ritz Sandwich and Ritz Bits Cheese Products

Mondelēz Global LLC announced on July 21, 2018 a voluntary recall in the United States, including Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands, of certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits product. These products contain whey powder as an ingredient, which the whey powder supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella.

Consumers who have these products should not eat them, and should discard any products they may have. Consumers can contact the company at 1-844-366 -1171, 24 hours a day to get more information about the recall, and Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm EST.

For a complete list of the products, visit https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm614253.htm

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Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip

U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports: “As a precaution, approximately 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip are being voluntarily recalled because the affected product is showing signs of product separation which can lead to a potential health hazard.

This could create conditions that could allow for the growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

There have been no consumer complaints or reports of illness related to this issue to date.”

For more product information and UPC numbers, please visit https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm614642.htm

CT DPH Press Release: July Summer Heat

Posted on July 02, 2018

DPH REMINDS WORKERS TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS DURING JULY SUMMER HEAT EVENT

HARTFORD, CT – With temperatures anticipated to peak well into the 90s during the next several days, Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino is reminding individuals working outside or in non-air conditioned spaces to be cautious during periods of intense heat during the day. Each year, over 50% of all heat-related emergency department visits occur in the month of July.

“Outdoor workers need to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses, with very warm temperatures expected the rest of this week.” said Commissioner Pino. “The combination of a high heat index and poor air quality create a serious risk to workers outdoors and also indoors when air conditioning is not available.”

Workers should stay hydrated, take frequent breaks in cooler air-conditioned/shaded areas, and limit the time spent in direct sun. In addition, employers are urged to move more physical tasks to the morning or evening, when the sun is less intense, temperatures are cooler, and air quality is better. If a worker experiences heat stress, call for medical assistance immediately.

Although anyone can be affected by heat-stress, some workers are at a particularly high risk, such as:

  • Older workers (over 65 years of age) who may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature
  • Workers performing frequent high-exertion tasks (lifting, digging, walking) who may become dehydrated quickly and experience more intense heat stress
  • Workers who have underlying health conditions, especially heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, or who take certain medications that put them at risk
    According to Commissioner Pino, if a worker feels ill working in the heat, they should notify a coworker and take immediate steps to:

Stay Cool

  • Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.
    Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If you must work outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity to the mornings and evenings.
    Avoid working in direct sunlight and wear lightweight, light-colored, and moisture-wicking clothing.
    Check on all workers, especially those workers most at risk often!

Stay Hydrated
Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

  • Drink more water than usual; do not wait until you are thirsty to drink more liquids.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Drink about four cups of water every hour while working outside.
  • Remind other workers to drink enough water.

For more information about steps that employers and workers can take to reduce the risk of heat-related illness, contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Unit at (860) 509-7740 or email us at dph.occhealth@ct.gov.

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For more information on Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness, visit the CDC webpage https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

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