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CDC Food Safety Alert - E. Coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce.

CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until the CDC learns more about the outbreak. The investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available.

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Dated: June 4, 2018
Release Date: For Immediate Release
Contacts: Susan Starkey, MPH, MS, RD, Director of Health
860-774-7350 x. 19 /
Linda J. Colangelo, Education and Communications Coordinator
860-774-7350 x. 14 /

NDDH Issues Rabies Advisory
Rabid Cat Identified at Area Shelter; Public Advised of Potential Exposure Risk

(BROOKLYN) – The Northeast District Department of Health has been working with the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (NECCOG) Animal Services Program to contact all persons who might have been exposed to a cat that tested positive for rabies on May 30, 2018.

According to NECCOG, a young, domestic short-hair grey tiger cat with white markings named Lilac was housed in the middle cage at the main shelter, located at 125 Putnam Pike in Dayville, Connecticut.

The Northeast District Department of Health is advising anyone who might have come in contact with this cat from May 14–29, 2018 to call for an assessment of exposure.

Rabies is a viral disease primarily of animals caused by infection of the brain and spinal cord. People can get rabies from the bite of an infected animal. An animal with rabies can also transmit the rabies virus through its saliva, which can come in contact with a person’s mucous membranes (mouth, nose, eyes) or can get in open wounds on the skin.

While rabies can be fatal once clinical signs appear, it can be prevented through timely medical treatment that includes administration of one dose of immune globulin (antibodies) and 4 doses of vaccine over 2 weeks.

The Northeast District Department of Health and NECCOG continue to contact staff, volunteers and recorded visitors to NECCOG Animal Services. This advisory is being issued out of an abundance of caution to alert other visitors who might have been exposed to rabies. If you were in contact with the cat at NECCOG between May 14 - 29 and have not yet been contacted by NDDH or NECCOG, please call NDDH at (860) 774-7350 ext. 24


If you came in contact with this rabies-positive cat at the NECCOG Animal Shelter between May 14 – 29, 2018, please contact the Northeast District Department of Health at 860-774-7350 x. 24 for a rabies exposure assessment.

LILAC, a young, domestic short-hair grey tiger cat with white markings previously housed at
the NECCOG Animal Shelter, 125 Putnam Pike, Dayville, CT


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