04
May
2018
Preventing Infection

How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane: An Air Traveler’s Guide


27
Apr
2018
Public Health
by Andrew Robertson, PE

An Engineer’s Mission to Combat Mold and Disease Transmission in Puerto Rico

Hurricanes Irma and Maria, now distant memories for most Americans, remain top of mind for Puerto Ricans who are still laboring to recover from those historic storms. As an engineer-volunteer for Water Engineers for the Americas (WEFTA), I traveled with my 13-year old daughter, Kati, to Puerto Rico this spring to lend a helping hand.... Read More »

13
Apr
2018
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, and Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Antimicrobial Resistance: Stopping “Nightmare Bacteria” in their Tracks

“Antimicrobial resistance poses a fundamental threat to human health, development and security,” stated Dr. Margaret Chan, former director-general of the World Health Organization at a UN meeting of world leaders in 2016. The issue remains a significant concern in both developed and developing countries in 2018. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More »

06
Apr
2018
Public Health
by Linda Golodner

Household Disinfection 101

Spring cleaning time is here again and many penny-wise consumers are choosing to mix their own cleaning and disinfecting solutions to help stretch the household budget. The Water Quality & Health Council would like to help consumers make good choices as they tackle their disinfecting chores. Cleaning Is Not the Same as Disinfection Cleaning and... Read More »

23
Mar
2018
Bleach
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

The Human Body Uses Active Ingredient in Chlorine Bleach to Fight Bacteria Naturally

We live in an age in which scientists regularly reveal remarkable details of the inner workings of the human body. Recently, a group of German researchers shed new light on the composition of the “antibacterial cocktail” that our immune systems concoct to fight off infection.1 The scientists demonstrated that the active chemical in that cocktail... Read More »

09
Mar
2018
Public Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

New Study Forecasts How the Flu Spreads Across America

A University of Chicago research team has identified the critical factors that affect the annual spread of the flu across America. In their new study, the researchers compare the spread of seasonal flu to the spread of a wildfire, identifying the “spark,” “dry tinder” and “wind” required to disperse the illness from place to place.... Read More »

02
Mar
2018
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

Food Safety at the Supermarket

Unless you grow all of your own food, you’re probably a regular at the neighborhood supermarket. I appreciate that many supermarkets are taking strategic steps to ensure the freshness and safe handling of foods and making food safety a priority. For example, I’m a big fan of those disinfecting wipes provided at the entrances to... Read More »

23
Feb
2018
Bleach
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Protecting Fido from the Dog Flu

Dogs Can Get the Flu As if this flu season hasn’t been enough of a trial for humans, now there is news that some of our four-legged best friends are contracting “canine influenza,” aka “dog flu.” The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that two strains of canine influenza virus, H3N8 and H3N2, have been... Read More »

16
Feb
2018
Norovirus
by Linda Golodner

Norovirus: Winter Sports Game Changer

There is an unwelcome visitor at the winter games, despised in all of the venues: the norovirus has arrived. This potential microbial game changer is already responsible for 261 confirmed cases of illness (as of February 16, 2018) in a norovirus outbreak that evidently began with security guards in PyeongChang and has spread to athletes.... Read More »

02
Feb
2018
Preventing Infection
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Flu Can Be Spread Simply by Breathing

As the seasonal flu spreads across the country, a new study demonstrates that flu can be transmitted from person to person by simple breathing. Researchers have concluded that inhaling the exhaled breath of an infected individual may be all it takes to spread the flu virus. Coughing and sneezing are not required. This finding lends... Read More »