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Welcome to the UNCAS Health District your local health department. The Uncas Health District is an unaffiliated, unincorporated non-profit agency operating under Connecticut General Statutes. The agency’s mission is to promote and protect the public’s health in order to prevent illness, death and disability among its residents.  The Board of Directors is comprised of 17 non-compensated members appointed by each of the member municipalities. The number of Board Members is based upon the municipality's population with one board member for every 10,000 population or part thereof. They represent the needs and interests of their member municipalities, serving staggered 3-year terms and can be reappointed.

UHD now serves as the local health department for ten municipalities in Eastern Connecticut: Bozrah, Franklin, Griswold, Lebanon, Lisbon, Montville, Norwich, Preston, Salem, Sprague, and Voluntown, Connecticut. The services provided by the UHD include environmental health inspections, health education, public health preparedness planning, and public health nursing.

This website has valuable information on topics ranging from Public Health Alerts, Business Forms & Licensing, to Health Resources. We continue to add new information.  Your feedback is helpful to us as we continue to provide appropriate resources and services.

We hope you find our site helpful. If you have any comments or questions, please contact us.

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 27, 2019

Contact: Patrick McCormack
Director of Health
860-823-1189 ext.112
doh@uncashd.org

Mosquitoes in Voluntown, North Stonington, and Stonington Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

Uncas Health District and Ledge Light Health District announced today that mosquitoes trapped in Voluntown, North Stonington and Stonington have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Some of the mosquito traps contained mosquito species that are known to bite humans.

EEE is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Historically, the virus has been found in trapped mosquitoes in Connecticut, but only one person has died from EEE.

All residents of Voluntown, North Stonington and Stonington are advised to avoid outdoor activities from one hour beforeto one hour after dawn and dusk.  

Additional precautions to avoid mosquito bites include:

  • Be sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good repair.
  • While outdoors, wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Clothing material should be tightly woven.
  • Use mosquito netting if sleeping outdoors.
  • Consider using mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors and always use them according to label instructions. The most effective repellents contain DEET or Picaridin. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is also effective for brief periods of exposure.
  • When using DEET, use the lowest concentration effective for the time spent outdoors (for example, 6% lasts approximately 2 hours and 20% for 4 hours) and wash treated skin when returning indoors. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than 2 months.

Measures to reduce mosquitoes around the home include:

  • Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings, clogged gutters.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of containers such as those used for recycling.
  • Change water in birdbaths on a weekly basis.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and cover pools when not in use.
  • Use landscaping to eliminate areas where water can collect on your property.

Additional resources for information on EEE and mosquito management can be found at:
http://www.ct.gov/mosquito/site/default.asp

Volunteer! Public Health Preparedness

Medical Reserve Corps - Region 4

The Uncas Health District Medical Reserve Corps (Uncas MRC) is a national network of community-based volunteers who are on standby to support public health infrastructure in times of emergency. Members receive many free trainings that will help in their ability to strengthen public health, reduce vulnerability and disaster risk, build resiliency, and improve community preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.

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Come see us at the Three Villages Fall Festival today, Saturday, October 12th from 11 am to 5 pm at the Babe Blanchette Park on Main Street in Baltic, CT.

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONTINUES TO RECEIVE NEW REPORTS OF LUNG INJURY RELATED TO VAPING
TOTAL OF 31 CASES UNDER INVESTIGATION IN CONNECTICUT
Hartford – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today is reporting six more Connecticut residents who were ill with lung injuries possibly related to using e-cigarettes or vaping were reported to DPH, bringing the total to 31 cases that have been reported to DPH. Three patients remain in the hospital.
The 31 cases involve residents from seven counties in Connecticut: Fairfield (16), New Haven (8), New London (3), Hartford (1), Litchfield (1), Tolland (1), and Windham (1). The age breakdown of the patients is as follows: Under 18 years of age (5), 18 to 24 years of age (7), 25 to 34 years of age (8), 35 years of age and older (11). Out of the total of 31 patients, 29 were hospitalized between June-October 2019 (see figure below); one patient was hospitalized in December 2018 and one patient was not hospitalized.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of October 8, 2019, 1,299 cases of vaping-related lung injury had been reported from 49 states and 1 U.S. territory. The CDC also reported 26 deaths had been confirmed in 21 states, including one fatality from Connecticut.
“I am very concerned that we continue to see new cases of vaping-related lung injury and this outbreak of illnesses and deaths appears to be far from over,” said DPH Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell. “I am asking Connecticut residents to not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC.”
Nationally, exclusive use of nicotine containing products has been reported by some patients with lung injury cases, and many patients with lung injury report combined use of THC- and nicotine-containing products. Therefore, it is possible that nicotine-containing products play a role in this outbreak. At present, CDC continues to recommend that people consider refraining from using
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e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain nicotine. Regardless of the current investigation, youth, young adults, and women who are pregnant should never use e-cigarette or vaping products.
Anyone who uses an e-cigarette or vaping products should never buy these products off the street. Street products may be modified to add other substances that are not intended by the manufacturer. Nationally, the risk of lung injury when using products purchased in commercial establishments appears to be low, but it may not be zero.
In Connecticut, symptoms among cases included shortness of breath, fever, cough, vomiting and diarrhea. Other symptoms reported by some patients included headache, weight loss and chest pain. People who have recently used e-cigarette or vaping products and experience symptoms like those reported in this outbreak should consider seeing a healthcare provider.
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Main Location
Campbell Building
401 W. Thames Street, Suite 106
Norwich, CT 06360

Office Location
Park in the back of the Campbell Building
Enter through Credit Union entrance

Campbell Building Directions

Contact Us
Our main office is available Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm for all of the residents in our district.

p 860-823-1189
f 860-887-7898
e doh@uncashd.org

For Contact Information & Directions For All Locations

Norwich (main location), Jewett City, Lebanon, and Montville