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Girl’s Clothing Set Recalled Due to Elevated Lead Level

Posted on November 16, 2018

H.I.S. International Group of New York is issuing a recall of Self-Esteem brand girl’s clothing
sets with a gold leaf pendant necklace. The recalled clothing sets consists of three items: a shortsleeve teal top with cut-out shoulders, a navy blue legging pant with a teal floral print and a pendant necklace with an orange and teal center. The recalled clothing sets have style number PO#71160/LOT9 and a date of production of 10/2017 printed on a white label on the inside of the garment. The recalled clothing sets were sold in girl’s sizes 4×-12x. The metal pendant on the necklace contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban.

The clothing set was sold at Burlington and Shopko stores nationwide from February 2018 through October 2018. Consumers should immediately stop using the necklace from the recalled clothing sets, take it away from children and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers can contact H.I.S. at 800-451-0285 extension 2879 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers can also email (info@his-nyc.com) for more information.

For more information on the FDA alert click on this link: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/HIS-Recalls-Girls-Clothing-Sets-Due-to-Violation-of-Federal-Lead-Content-Ban#

CT DPH Environmental Health Section Circular Letter: 2018-XX

November 2018 Newsletter

Posted on November 02, 2018

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NOW HIRING: F/T PREPAREDNESS COORDINATOR

Posted on October 29, 2018

The Naugatuck Valley Health District is seeking a full-time (35 hours per week) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator/Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator. This position will encompass planning and implementation of preparedness activities focused on the Fifteen Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities for a local public health district serving six municipalities with approximately 127,000 residents. This position reports to the District Director of Health and is responsible for a full range of preparedness activities (e.g., plan development, training, communications, drills, and volunteer coordination) to ready the district response to public health emergencies including both natural and manmade disasters.

Qualifications

Our ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in public health, emergency management or related field, with experience in a public health agency, the preparedness field, or comparable setting. A Master’s degree is a plus. A planning background and emergency response orientation is desirable.

Salary

This position has a competitive salary level commensurate with education and experience. This is a full-time position (35 hours per week) funded with grants and is eligible for the benefits of a full-time employee consistent with the Personnel Policies of the Naugatuck Valley Health District. Continued employment is contingent upon the availability of funding and performance.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to Naugatuck Valley Health District, 98 Bank Street, Seymour, CT 06483 or email as an attachment to greyes@nvhd.org. The deadline is 12:00 PM on Friday, November 9, 2018. However, the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

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NOW HIRING: P/T NauVEL Assistant

Posted on October 18, 2018

The Naugatuck Valley Health District is seeking a part-time (15-18 hours per week) Grant Program Assistant to help with the day-to-day operation of the Naugatuck Valley Emends Lead Program (NauVEL). NauVEL is a federally funded lead hazard control program. This is a temporary position reporting to the NauVEL Program Manager.

The Grant Program Assistant Position

The primary responsibility will be to provide administrative and program support to the NauVEL Program Manager and partners. Additional responsibilities include:
• Client Intake
• Prepare Project Closing and Closeout Documentation
• Answer program questions from clients, partners and contractors
• File Maintenance (paper & electronic)
• Track NauVEL projects and costs by property
• Verify Invoices
• Maintain update reports
• Coordinate Outreach events and materials

The Ideal Candidate Will:
• Be extremely organized and able to work independently
• Have excellent verbal and writing communication skills
• Have proficiency in Microsoft Office
• Be an experienced Administrative Assistant – Grant experience preferred

To Apply:
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Naugatuck Valley Health District, 98 Bank Street, Seymour, CT 06483 or email as an attachment to cslajda@nvhd.org
The deadline is 12:00 PM on Friday, October 26, 2018. EOE/AA

NauVEL Assistant Job Posting

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

Posted on October 17, 2018

Please see the attached document for information regarding acute flaccid myelitis, a serious condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs.

Key Points – Acute Flaccid Myelitis

What We Know
Since 2014, CDC has learned the following about the AFM cases:

  • Most patients are children.
  • The patients’ symptoms have been most similar to complications of infection with certain viruses, including poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, and West Nile virus.
  • All of the AFM cases have tested negative for poliovirus.
  • Enteroviruses most commonly cause mild illness. They can also cause neurologic illness, such as meningitis, encephalitis, and AFM, but these are rare.
  • CDC has tested many different specimens from AFM patients for a wide range of pathogens (germs) that can cause AFM. To date, no pathogen (germ) has been consistently detected in the patients’ spinal fluid; a pathogen detected in the spinal fluid would be good evidence to indicate the cause of AFM since this condition affects the spinal cord.
  • The increase in AFM cases in 2014 coincided with a national outbreak of severe respiratory illness among people caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Among the people confirmed with AFM, CDC did not consistently detect EV-D68 in every patient. During 2015, CDC did not receive information about large EV-D68 outbreaks in the United States, and laboratories reported only limited EV-D68 detections to CDC’s National Enterovirus Surveillance System (NESS). During 2016, CDC was informed of a few localized clusters in the United States. Learn more about EV-D68.

What We Don’t Know
Among the people who were diagnosed with AFM since August 2014:

  • The cause of most of the AFM cases remains unknown.
  • We don’t know what caused the increase in AFM cases starting in 2014.
  • We have not yet determined who is at higher risk for developing AFM, or the reasons why they may be at higher risk.
  • We do not yet know the long-term effects of AFM. We know that some patients diagnosed with AFM have recovered quickly, and some continue to have paralysis and require ongoing care.

More information:

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