18
Sep
2009
Outbreaks

USA Today – Fight swine flu with good hygiene


18
Sep
2009
Child Care
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Back to School Special: Pick up Your Free Germs Here

As parents send young children back to school and pack their older ones off to college, the government’s warning of up to 90 thousand U.S. deaths this season from H1N1 flu has given many of us pause. Germs and people go together; turning classrooms, dorm rooms, and cafeterias into giant-sized Petri dishes for the virus’s spread. H1N1 flu viruses– like noroviruses which cause vomiting and diarrhea – are able to maintain the infection cycle by spreading through the interaction of people who cough and sneeze, transmitting the virus by droplets in the air or their contaminated hands.... Read More »

18
Sep
2009
Flu
by Water Quality & Health Council

New Flu Study – Watch Where You Put Those Hands!

Along with covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, a new study spells out the need to disinfect surfaces as part of a flu-prevention strategy. Researchers found your greatest risk of exposure (52%) comes from being in close contact with an infected person who coughs followed by (31%) of placing your hands on a... Read More »

01
Aug
2007
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Disinfection and Green Cleaning: Guiding Principles for Healthy Public Buildings

Cleaning and disinfection (the removal or killing of disease-causing germs) are critically important to maintain healthy conditions in homes, schools, healthcare facilities and other indoor areas. At the same time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others have noted that some cleaning products can present health and environmental concerns. This has led a number of... Read More »

01
Jun
2007
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

TB, Emerging Diseases and the Role of Personal Responsibility

The recently reported story of a man with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis should sensitize us to the fact that what many think is an eradicated disease is really quite prevalent in certain countries of the world and remains potentially deadly. More importantly, this case demonstrates how easily diseases more contagious than TB could be spread around the world in a very short time. What are the lessons that should be learned from this incident to reduce the chance of a more deadly outbreak of disease? ... Read More »

01
Oct
2006
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections: The Role of Chlorine Products in Risk Reduction

In 1847, the Austrian physician, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, demonstrated that puerperal sepsis ("childbed fever") was contagious and that incidents of infection could be dramatically reduced by enforcing appropriate hand hygiene by medical caregivers. In his study, Dr. Semmelweis noticed an alarming difference between the low infection rates in the mothers cared for by midwives in one hospital ward and the higher rates of those attended to by the medical students in another ward.... Read More »

10
Jun
2001
Public Health
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Degrees of Clean: Consumer Cleaning Products Defined

There are many products available for ridding our homes of dirt and germs. However, it is often difficult to decide which products are right for the job. Not all cleaning agents are the same, and improper use of these products could result in unsanitary conditions or illness. Following is a list of the different categories... Read More »