Investigators at the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) at UConn recently reported a new canine disease, identified for the first time in New England. This is the same group, same laboratory, that recently reported eastern equine encephalomyelitis in horses and birds and earlier recognized epizootic hemorrhagic disease in deer (September 2017) and West Nile encephalitis in crows (2001).
The published case report (Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, September 2019) documents the death of a 5-month-old dog that originated in Mississippi, was shelter-housed in Texas for a time, and then was delivered for adoption in Connecticut. The disease was characterized by severe bloody gastroenteritis and rapid progression to death. Autopsy was followed by electron microscopy and molecular techniques which demonstrated a circovirus as the cause of disease and death. First recognized in California in 2013, the appearance of canine circovirus disease in New England, in dogs shuttled among shelters, raises concerns for dog owners and veterinarians. At this time, it is hard to know if this disease will spread, like parvovirus disease in the 1980s, or remain sporadic.
Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies (CCFSA) is strengthening Connecticut communities and collectively serves more than 180,000 families, making them one of the largest associations of community-based human services for children, adults and families. All members are nationally accredited, nonprofit, human service agencies. Together they form a collaborative statewide system of support for all phases of family life, working with government and philanthropy to meet our mission.
The Victims of Crime Case Management Program (VOCA) is one service offered.
• VOCA Case Management (CM) is funded through the Office of Victim Services and administered by CCFSA (Connecticut Council Of Family Service Agencies) to address an identified need of case management services for victims of crime
• VOCA CM provides holistic case management services to promote safety, self-sufficiency, and resiliency for persons in CT who have suffered, directly or indirectly, a physical, emotional, or personal loss as a result of a criminal act
• VOCA CM offers community-based or home-based visits depending on the preference and need of the client
• VOCA CM will promote equitable access to services and a continuum of care through coordination with CCFSA partner agencies across the state
*Case management services are offered for up to a year, depending on clients’ need
• Clients can be referred internally through United Services, or externally through other community organizations, local law enforcement, hospitals, schools, etc.
• Participation in VOCA CM is voluntary and clients should be aware of referral
• Anyone can access the following URL to make referrals:
• Using the URL is preferred to capture all necessary information, but referrals can be made in-person, over phone, or over email
• Referral form is extensive in order to capture victimization history, safety concerns, and needs of client
• Case manager will attempt to reach client within 24-72 hours after referral is made
• Participation in VOCA CM will be based on the client meeting at least one of the following:
• The victimization occurred in CT
• The victim lived in CT when the victimization occurred and/or
• The victim lived in CT at the time services were sought
• No age requirements; if client is a minor or disabled, case manager will work with the entire family unit to provide case management services
• No time limit; does not matter how long ago the crime occurred, just that the crime is still affecting the client’s functioning
• It is not necessary for the crime to have been reported to receive case management services
• DCF-involved youth and/or their foster families can receive case management services
• Can work with victims even if they have a criminal history themselves
Eligible Crimes for Case Management
• Adult physical assault
• Adult sexual assault
• Adult sexually abused/physically abused as child
• Bullying (verbal, physical, cyber)
• Burglary, robbery
• Child physical or sexual abuse, neglect
• Elder abuse or neglect
• Domestic violence, teen dating violence
• Child pornography or exploitation
• Hate crime
• Human trafficking (labor or sex)
• Identity theft/fraud/financial crime
• Kidnapping (custodial or non-custodial)
• Mass violence, terrorism
• DUI/DWI incident, “hit and run”
• Survivors of homicide victims
Services We Provide
• Intake and assessment are completed to identify client’s level of need and what services they are seeking assistance with
• Goal-setting and empowering victims to reach goals and complete follow-up
• Assistance with finding housing (shelter or permanent), employment and vocational training, child or adult education, state benefits and/or insurance, child-care, parenting education, pregnancy services, medical/dental services, mental health/counseling services, and much more
• The case manager will assist client by making referrals to other agencies and providers, helping client complete applications, identifying and utilizing local resources, and helping client establish a good community support system for when case management services end
• Assistance navigating civil or criminal court system
• Applications for victim compensation
Victim Compensation Program
• Office of Victim Services compensation program provides three types of compensation:
• Crime victims who have suffered physical injuries – $15,000 maximum
• Crime victims who have suffered emotional injuries – $5,000 maximum
• Survivors of homicide victims – $25,000 maximum
• To be eligible, crimes must be reported within 5 days of the occurrence, or within 5 days of “when a report could reasonably be made”
• Crimes must be reported to law enforcement, court system (if client applies for a restraining or civil protective order) or DV/sexual assault crisis center
• Compensation applications must be filed within 2 years of the crime
• Expenses covered: health insurance co-pays and deductibles, medical bills, prescription bills, lost wages, crime scene clean-up, funeral expenses, mental health counseling, alarm system installations, etc.
Other important information:
If the client is in immediate crisis, please contact 911.
Send your soil sample in for testing now. Our standard nutrient analysis includes pH, macro- and micro nutrients, a lead scan and as long as we know what you are growing, the results will contain limestone and fertilizer recommendations. The cost is $12/sample. You are welcome to come to the lab with your ‘one cup of soil’ but most people are content to simply place their sample in a zippered bag and mail it in. For details on submitting a sample, go to UConn Soil and Nutrient Laboratory.
Fall is the quintessential time to visit a farm with apple and pear picking, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, cider donuts and so much more!
We will be celebrating local agriculture the whole month – CT Grown for CT Kids Week is October 7-11th with National School Lunch Week October 14-18th. Check out the National Farm to School month toolkit for wonderful ideas to celebrate the whole month!
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a disease caused by a virus that mosquitos transmit. The name of the disease is misleading in that this virus can infect and cause disease in humans and a wide variety of animal species, including birds as well as horses and other equids. Horses that have not been vaccinated for EEE die within days of being infected as there is no treatment. There is an effective equine vaccine for EEE, however not for other species. Researchers and veterinarians UConn’s Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) encourage equine owners to consider vaccinating their animals, and other animal owners to implement measures to reduce mosquito habitats and thereby potential contact with mosquitos.
Mosquitos that feed on infected wild birds transmit EEE to horses and humans. Once infected, the virus attacks the central nervous system of the host. For horses, disease signs usually appear within five days and the clinical signs include fever, a dull or sleepy appearance, muscle twitches, and a weak staggering gait. Fatality in horses is 90% or higher as horses often go down and are unable to stand again, and those that do survive may have permanent brain damage.
EEE is transmitted by two main types of mosquito vectors; the primary vector and the bridging vector. Culiseta melanura, the primary vector which feeds almost exclusively on birds, serves to amplify and maintain the virus within wild bird populations. Other mosquito species, which indiscriminatingly feed on birds, horses, and humans, serve as the bridging vector capable of transmitting EEE from wildlife to horses and humans.
With the location of horse barns and pastures in rural areas the animals have increased exposure to mosquitos. Horses cannot pass EEE to humans, or to other horses, and are therefore referred to as a dead-end host. If an infected mosquito bites a human, that person can be infected and may develop disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, illness in humans due to EEE is rare, but when disease develops, it is serious.
Proactive steps can be taken to prevent EEE virus infection in humans and horses. A vaccine is available for horses, talk to your veterinarian about vaccinating annually for EEE. Mosquito control techniques include eliminating standing water, cleaning water troughs weekly, avoiding mosquito-infested areas, and using insect repellent.
We in Connecticut, over the last decade, have made great progress in building and connecting our trail systems. So much so that the Connecticut Greenways Council believes now is the time to celebrate and shout about our trail systems assuring that all members of our communities can gather, recreate, relax, run errands and even commute or travel together. This year, the Symposium hopes to offer sessions that focus on engaging with state and local tourism and marketing resources as well as technology that can maximize effective delivery of your trail information.
Shout it Out! The Connecticut Trails Symposium is Thursday, October 24th atGoodwin Collegein East Hartford. We have a lineup of trails and tourism workshops and presenters for attendees. Registration is open – see the full agenda and register to attend athttps://cttrails.uconn.edu/2019symposium/
Join us! We have two part-time positions open, both located in our Hartford County Extension Center in Farmington. We are seeking a part-time program aide, and a part-time Extension eLearning developer. Apply online athttps://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/– click on staff, and search Job IDs 2020125 and 2020126.