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CT Food Code Changes

Click the link below for information on Connecticut's updated FDA Food Code 

CT FDA Food Code Changes 

Friday, October 13, 2017
Protect Your Family Around Animals

Fall brings festivals and fairs for families to enjoy. These events often have petting zoos and live animal displays. Due to an increase in animal-related illness, the CT Department of Public Health advises:

  • Always supervise children around animals.
  • Hand sanitizer is not enough! Hand washing is essential.
  • Disinfect and remove dirty items (like cups, bottles or pacifiers) to avoid exposure to germs. 

Click here to watch a video about protecting your family from animal-related illness. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017
It's Tick Season

It's spring and along with the nice weather come the insects. The ticks are no exception. QVHD gets many inquiries about ticks. 

Finding a tick on your body can be upsetting, but it is not a cause for panic. Remember, not all ticks carry the germs that cause illness. If the tick does carry the germs, it has to be attached long enough to have taken a blood meal in order to insert the germ into your body. This is why body inspection is so important after being outdoors. Early identification of a tick can reduce the chance that the tick can take a blood meal.

Ticks can be tested but the process can take some time (up to a couple of weeks.) And even if the tick tests positive, it does not mean that it was attached long enough to exchange the germ. If you have found a tick on your body you should be vigilant for signs of illness. The classic symptom is an expanding rash at the site of the bite, however this rash does not occur in all cases. Symptoms can be varied.

Read about ticks and testing here.  

Learn more about ticks, tick removal and Lyme rashes

Note: QVHD does not transport ticks for testing nor test ticks at the QVHD office.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Community Health Assessment Adopted

The Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) Community Health Coalition, serving the towns of Bethany, Hamden, North Haven and Woodbridge, is pleased to announce that the Community Health Assessment has been adopted.  View it here. 

The process of developing a Community Health Improvement Plan is now underway. All district residents are welcome to join in this exciting endeavor. If you would like to participate, contact QVHD for information at info@qvhd.org or call 203 248-4528. 

 The QVHD Community Health Coalition is comprised of individuals from district towns, representing town departments, community organizations and residents.  

 


Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Disposal of Unused Medications

Medications in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisonings. When they are flushed down the toilet or discarded in the trash, they can cause water pollution and affect the environment. Prescription drug abuse rates are high across the country, with over 1/2 of teens who abuse drugs getting them from a family member or friend's home. Clean out your cabinet and properly dispose of all unused medications (prescription and over-the-counter.) You can take unused medications to a Drug Drop Box. No questions asked, just drop them off! 

Local Drug Drop Boxes:                                                        

  • Ansonia Police Department 2 Elm Street, Ansonia CT
    • Open 24/7
  • Bethany, CSP Troop 1, 631 Amity Road, Bethany CT
    • Located in the lobby of the front entrance, next to vending machine , Open 24/7
  • Hamden Police Department 2900 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden CT
    • Located in the Police Station Lobby on the left-hand side, Open 24/7
  • North Haven Police Deparment 18 Church Street, North Haven CT
    • Located to the immediate left of the front doors, Open 24/7
  • Woodbridge Police Department 4 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge CT
    • Located in the Police Station Lobby, Open 24/7
Note: Drop Boxes do NOT accept: Thermometers, hypodermic needled and sharps, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, non-prescription ointments and lotions, aerosol cans, inhalers or medications from clinics or businesses. 


Watch this video to learn more about proper disposal of medications. 

Click here to learn more about disposing of medications, needles and other sharps. 

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017