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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.
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.
- AFM website: www.cdc.gov/acute-flaccid-myelitis/index.html
- AFM Investigation page: www.cdc.gov/acute-flaccid-myelitis/afm-surveillance.html
- For Clinicians and Health Departments: www.cdc.gov/acute-flaccid-myelitis/hcp/index.html
RRP Certification Class
Posted on October 11, 2018
October 2018 Newsletter
Posted on October 01, 2018
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Flu Clinic Press Release
Posted on October 01, 2018
Date: September 24, 2018
Contact: Carissa Caserta, MPH
Phone: (203) 881-3255
The Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) will offer influenza vaccine clinics to residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton during the months of September, October and November. All residents are welcome to any of the clinics listed below, and appointments are not necessary.
Clinics will be held at the following locations:
- October 3 9am-11am – Naugatuck Senior Center
- October 10 10:30am-12:30pm – Shelton Senior Center
- October 12 9-11am – Ansonia Senior Center
- October 16 11am-1pm – Derby Senior Center
- October 17 11am-2pm – Warsaw Park, Ansonia
- October 24 9:30am-12pm Seymour Senior Center
- November 6 11am-1pm – Shelton Intermediate School, Vote and Vax!
- November 7 10:30am-12pm – Shelton Senior Center
Additional clinics will be available by appointment at Naugatuck Valley Health District, 98 Bank Street, Seymour, CT. Children (3 years and older) needing flu shots will be accommodated by appointment at regularly scheduled immunization clinics at the district office in Seymour.
The Health District accepts the following insurances; Aetna, Cigna, ConnectiCare, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare Part B. There is no copay to those who have insurance. We are not able to accept Medicare Advantage plans, Oxford or United HealthCare. Those who are eligible should bring the proper insurance cards. The cost of the flu vaccine for those who do not have insurance is $30 for the quadrivalent vaccine, and $60 for the high dose vaccine for those 65 years and older. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, debit or credit card. All clinic attendees should wear loose fitting clothes with short sleeves.
Elderly homebound persons who cannot attend any of the clinics may contact the Health District at 203-881-3255 to make arrangements for a nurse to administer the vaccine at home. Such individuals should have permission from their physicians for the influenza vaccine and have insurance through the above noted insurers.
Clinic dates may be added or revised. For more information regarding the district’s flu clinic schedule, please call Naugatuck Valley Health District, 203-881-3255, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The Naugatuck Valley Health District office is located at 98 Bank Street, Seymour, and serves residents of the municipalities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton. Clinic schedules are also posted on the NVHD website at www.nvhd.org or NVHD’s Facebook and Twitter.
West Nile Virus - Updated 8/29/18
Posted on October 01, 2018
On September 6, 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 that mosquitoes trapped in Shelton tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).
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 October 1, 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.
What are the symptoms of WNV?
Serious Symptoms in a Few People. About 1 in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.
Milder Symptoms in Some People. Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected will have symptoms which can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days to as long as several weeks.
No Symptoms in Most People. Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all, but there is no way to know in advance if you will develop an illness or not.
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
POST CREATED 8/29/18; REVISED 9/18/18; 10/1/18