02
Mar
2018
Food Safety

Food Safety at the Supermarket


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 »

26
Jan
2018
Bleach
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

MRSA Bacteria Linked to Sports Equipment

Scanning electron microscope image showing clumps of MRSA bacteria Photo courtesy of CDC and Janice Haney Car and Jeff Hageman, M.H.S Participating in team sports is both fun and healthy exercise, but a bacterial MRSA infection among players can signal a losing season. Now, new research traces one potential path of MRSA bacteria through an... Read More »

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 »