Freshwater Mosquitoes, Positive Tests, and the Latest News on Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Old Lyme

OLD LYME — Rather than spraying pesticides, the town is asking residents to take extra precautions against mosquitoes that carry the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, following the deaths of two residents from Old Lyme and East Lyme during the last month.  First Selectman Bonnie Reemsnyder said by phone Wednesday that the town will not spray pesticides to kill mosquitoes because the Department of Public Health has advised the town that spraying is not an effective solution. “The mosquito population is going to be in the dense woods, in the shade. Yes, they will come out at night, but you really

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Old Lyme Resident Dies of Eastern Equine Encephalitis — Second in Southeastern Connecticut

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OLD LYME — A second Connecticut resident, this time from Old Lyme, died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, according to the Governor’s office today. “This is a serious public health concern, we wanted to let you know that these are the first deaths from EEE that have been reported,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz at a press conference on Tuesday. The individual’s family reached out to the Connecticut Department of Health this morning asking for the department to continue to share the message of precaution when it comes to outdoor activities at dawn and dusk, said Renee Coleman-Mitchell, the commissioner of

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The Loneliness and Isolation of New Motherhood

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Surrounded by new life – screaming, crying, unappeasable new life at that – can be far from the idyllic picture of new motherhood often portrayed, said Taryn Zarnetske, a clinical social worker at Yale New Haven Hospital. It can actually be an incredibly lonely and isolating time in a mother’s life. “It’s one of those things that can be a little bit taboo to talk about honestly,” Zarnetske said. “But, if you ask a mom if she felt lonely she says yes. She almost always said she felt really isolated being on maternity leave.” For many women the postpartum period

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Essex and Westbrook Stand Pat as Southeast Connecticut Chooses Regionalized Health

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health has actively encouraged towns across the state to join regionalized health districts in an effort to simplify the enforcement state laws and regulations, to professionalize staff, improve the availability of services, and further a unified approach public health problems. The towns of Essex and Westbrook have bucked that trend, opting instead to maintain local independent services. “The health department is responsible for health outcomes, and the health outcomes in our state are in the top five in the country, but we do have pockets of very poor health outcomes in our cities,” Needleman said.

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Letter: Vaping, a Former Smoker’s Perspective

There is an enormous amount of press coverage available on underage vaping -- a serious issue that needs acknowledging and addressing. What I never see written, and what might help to give a fuller perspective on vaping overall, is a discussion of the positive aspects of vaping. Many, many thousands of ex-smokers owe their better health to vaping. I just hate to see it suggested that vaping is evil, only. That's like saying that methadone is evil.

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