06
Oct
2017
Public Health

Autumn: When Leaves Fall, So Can Water Quality


22
Sep
2017
Outbreaks
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Getting Hepatitis A Off the Streets of San Diego

A Hepatitis A outbreak centered on homeless and illicit drug-using populations in the County of San Diego, California, has prompted a public health emergency. Headline-grabbing responses by local officials describe washing the streets and sidewalks with chlorine bleach solution, aggressively vaccinating the vulnerable populations, and distributing personal hygiene kits. What caused this local outbreak and... Read More »

15
Sep
2017
Public Health
by Fred Reiff, PE

In the Wake of Hurricanes: The Problem with Standing Water

A discarded tire containing standing water can become a choice breeding ground for mosquitoes.   As flood waters recede in Houston and Florida, a new public health threat rears its ugly head: Mosquitoes breeding in standing water left in the wake of hurricanes. Puddles, flower pots and saucers, rain barrels, bird baths, pet bowls, discarded... Read More »

01
Sep
2017
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Cleaning up After Hurricane Harvey: Chlorine Bleach Is Your Friend

After the shock and heartbreak of experiencing a flood comes the clean up to prevent further damage and spread of disease. Flood cleanup starts with removing flood water (usually contaminated with sewage) and drying the affected areas. Evaluate all items touched by flood waters, deciding which to keep and which to toss. Whenever possible, use... Read More »

18
Aug
2017
Wellness
by Water Quality & Health Council

Kitchen Sponges: Cleaning Tool or Germ Dispenser?

The notorious kitchen sponge—that germ-ridden object found in many households—is at the center of a new controversy about controlling the spread of infections in the home. Several years ago we reported a University of Florida research team found microwaving very wet sponges for two minutes at high power killed or inactivated over 99 percent of all the living... Read More »

11
Aug
2017
Emergency Preparedness
by Fred Reiff, PE

Preparing for the Next Flood and its Aftermath

If you live in a flood-prone area, are you prepared for the next deluge? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), fast moving water that reaches just over your ankles can knock you off your feet. And don’t try to drive through it. Driving on flooded roads is the most common thunderstorm-related hazard that can kill... Read More »

04
Aug
2017
Public Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Sepsis: A New Global Health Priority

“Sepsis,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is “a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.” More commonly known as “blood poisoning,” sepsis strikes “with equal ferocity in resource-poor areas and in the developed world,” according to... Read More »

28
Jul
2017
Public Health
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Climbing the Rungs of the Safe Water and Sanitation Service Ladders

The humble ladder can be a symbol of progress toward lofty goals. The lyrics of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young,” for example, include a moving wish for the singer’s newborn son: “May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung…” Symbolic ladders are also used by the Joint Monitoring Program of the... Read More »

21
Jul
2017
Preventing Infection
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Keeping Your Reusable Water Bottle Clean

The reusable water bottle is one of those “grab and go” items that travel with many of us on a daily basis. The filled water bottle provides a handy means of hydrating on the spot. As we’ve noted, many water fountains now conveniently include water bottle-filling features. There’s just one caveat to deriving the maximum health... Read More »

30
Jun
2017
Emergency Preparedness
by Water Quality & Health Council

Three Tips to Help You Prepare for a Home Water Emergency

Water flows into your home on a daily basis for essential uses, but how much do you know about your water supply and its circulation through your living space? Are you ready for a household water emergency? These tips can help you prepare for the unexpected. Know how to turn it off: In the event of... Read More »