26
Jan
2018
Bleach

MRSA Bacteria Linked to Sports Equipment


19
Jan
2018
Preventing Infection
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

Driving the C. diff Infection Rate in Hospitals to Zero

What is C. diff? Medical illustration of Clostridium difficile Image from CDC website Clostridium difficile bacteria, aka “C. diff,” is one of the notorious antibiotic resistant “superbugs” that afflict modern healthcare facilities. Nearly half a million C. diff infections (CDI) were reported in 2011, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).... Read More »

05
Jan
2018
Flu
by Water Quality & Health Council

What is Flu and How Does it Spread?

As we begin the New Year, flu is spreading in the US. The map below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website shows the current geographic distribution of flu. Media coverage of this phenomenon, and unfortunately, our own experience with flu, lead many to ask, “What is flu, and how does it spread?”... Read More »

29
Dec
2017
Flu
by Water Quality & Health Council

Hand-washing for the Holidays is for the Whole Family

As we gather to celebrate the holidays, the “gifts” we least hope to share are the unseen pathogens that cause colds, flu and other illnesses. Holiday gatherings are prime venues for gift-exchange and, unfortunately, pathogen-exchange.... Read More »

08
Dec
2017
Preventing Infection
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

After All These Years, Was My Mom Right about Removing Your Shoes When Entering a Home?

My mother always made us take our shoes off just inside the doors of our home. Did that make scientific sense back then or now? Although most of us would not track wet, sandy or muddy shoes into living quarters, many of us routinely make an entrance wearing shoes that are dry and free of... Read More »

01
Dec
2017
Disinfect for Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

“Germ” Terms: Villains and Heroes

“Germs,” “pathogens,” “microbes,” “probiotics,” the “human microbiome”… these are just a few of the terms in common use that pertain to the world of microscopic life forms that we alternately avoid and embrace. For example, to steer clear of becoming sick with the seasonal flu virus, many of us get an annual flu shot. Employees... Read More »

17
Nov
2017
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

A Thanksgiving Food Safety Quiz

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast is really an exercise in project management. Whether you are “sub-contracting” the sides or coordinating everything from “soup to nuts” yourself, an awareness of food safety is essential to reach the goal of a delicious, safely prepared meal. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge of food safety for the... Read More »

03
Nov
2017
Flu
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

The Coming Flu Season

Are you ready for the coming flu season? “Down under” in Australia where it is springtime, the number of flu cases has doubled over last season’s total. Could that be an indication of what we might expect soon in the northern hemisphere? According to self-proclaimed flu-ologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the US National Institute... Read More »

27
Oct
2017
Bleach
by Linda Golodner

How to Keep Your Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Looking Fresh and Teach Your Kids a Little Science in the Process

Carving Jack-o-lanterns is a fun Halloween tradition. Whether you transform your pumpkin into an exquisite work of art or a sweet smiley face with triangle eyes, preserving your Jack-o-lantern from mold and mildew can be tricky. But here’s a Halloween treat of a hint: Jack-o-lanterns can be preserved for a short time with the help... Read More »

13
Oct
2017
Public Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Controlling the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Species with the Ballast Water Management Convention

Ballast water is the marine or fresh water taken into the ballast tank of a ship to improve the vessel’s stability, buoyancy and maneuverability. Unfortunately, the process of adding and subtracting ballast water, so vital to a ship’s operation, can have unintended consequences for aquatic ecosystems. Ballast water may include aquatic life forms native to... Read More »