Use the links on this page to find out information about infectious diseases and other health concerns.
Influenza (flu)-People of any age can get influenza. Most people are ill with influenza for only a few days, but some get much sicker and may need to be hospitalized. Influenza causes thousands of deaths each year, mostly among the elderly. You will find Disease Fact Sheet, Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and Other Sites
West Nile Virus-(WNV) is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. A publication of the Department of Public Health about West Nile Virus and the Mosquito Management Program in Connecticut.
Lyme Disease-Lyme disease was first recognized in Lyme, Connecticut in 1977 as Lyme arthritis. The bacteria are spread by the bite of an infected tick, Ixodes scapularis, commonly known as the deer tick. The tick is about the size of a poppy seed or the period at the end of this sentence when in its nymphal (immature) stage. You will able to access a Lyme Disease fact sheet, Tick information, Kid's Page, and other helpful sites.
Asthma-People with asthma have sensitive airways that may react to things like smoke, dust, and pollen. When this occurs the lining of the airways become swollen or inflamed, thick mucus starts to line the airways. The Asthma Program at the Department of Public Health can be contacted at: 860 509-7751. The Air Quality Index is available as well as information on Asthma, the statewide Asthma plan, educational material, work related asthma, etc.