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Flu Update - April 6, 2024

Flu Update: 51 New Cases Reported in First Week of April

By Patrick McCormack | April 10, 2024

2023-24 continues to be a busy flu season, as 51 new influenza cases were identified in the 11 cities and towns of the Uncas Health District, according to April 6, 2024, data from the Connecticut Department of Health. This week’s reported numbers bring the flu season total to 987 cases in the district. Those aged … Read more

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Ticked Off — Your Guide to Tick Removal and Lyme Disease Prevention

By Patrick McCormack | April 10, 2024

Living in Connecticut, we all cherish our state’s natural beauty. But with those scenic woodlands and brushy fields comes a potential health threat: ticks. These tiny arachnids can transmit Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in the United States. Did you know that in Connecticut alone, an estimated 30,000 people contract Lyme disease each year? That’s a significant … Read more

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Study Participants Needed for CT Tick Disease Prevention Survey

By Patrick McCormack | April 4, 2024
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National Public Health Week: Five Fantastic Public Health Campaigns

By Patrick McCormack | April 2, 2024

As we celebrate the 29th annual National Public Health Week from April 1-7, 2024, it’s a time for both celebration and reflection. Over the past three decades, some really remarkable public health campaigns have emerged, leaving an indelible mark on society by fostering safer, stronger, and healthier communities. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge and … Read more

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Reminder: Temporary Food Service License Applications Must Be Submitted 14 Days in Advance

By Patrick McCormack | March 25, 2024

As the warm weather approaches, we enter a season of outdoor events, festivals, and celebrations. From food trucks to music festivals, these gatherings are a beloved part of our local culture, bringing people together to enjoy good food, music, and community. However, behind the scenes, there’s an essential aspect that ensures these events are not … Read more

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Think. Test. Treat TB: World Tuberculosis Day – March 24th

By Patrick McCormack | March 21, 2024

Every year, on March 24th, we seek to raise awareness about tuberculosis (TB), a serious but preventable and treatable infectious disease. This year, Uncas Health District is asking residents of eastern Connecticut to  “Think, Test, and Treat TB” —  understanding the importance of early detection and treatment to stop the spread of Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis remains … Read more

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A Springboard to Better Health: How Healthy Eating Makes a Difference

By Patrick McCormack | March 14, 2024

It’s National Nutrition Month, and what better time to celebrate the incredible power of food?  The choices we make on our plates don’t just affect our taste buds; they have a profound impact on our overall health and well-being. This month, let’s ditch the fad diets and focus on building a sustainable, healthy relationship with … Read more

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Get the Lead Out: Testing and Screening for Lead Exposure

By Patrick McCormack | March 7, 2024

Lead poisoning is a serious health concern, especially for young children whose bodies and minds are still developing. Exposure to lead can have long-lasting negative consequences, including: Learning and behavior problems: Difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity, and decreased IQ. Developmental delays: Growth problems and delayed speech and language development. Hearing and vision problems: Lead exposure can even … Read more

DPH: CDC Issues Updated COVID-19 Isolation Guidance

By Patrick McCormack | March 1, 2024

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has adopted and recommends the COVID-19 isolation guidance that was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday. This updated guidance recommends that those who have COVID-19 should stay home until they’ve been fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours or their symptoms … Read more

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Beyond the Statistics: The Untold Stories of Brain Injuries

By Patrick McCormack | February 29, 2024

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to shed light on the millions of Americans living with the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). While statistics tell part of the story, every one of the estimated 2.8 million Americans who sustain a TBI each year, and the 5 million living with TBI-related disabilities, has a … Read more

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