19
Sep
2014
Preventing Infection

Reduce Your Risk of Getting Sick at the Office


22
Aug
2014
Outbreaks
by Sabrina Jacobson, Guest Author

Chikungunya in the States

Have you heard about the Chikungunya virus? Although it is rarely fatal, its symptoms include fever and severe joint pain. Originally only present in countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa, it is gaining a presence in the United States after being carried to the Caribbean.  Starting in late 2013, a few Carribbean vacationers contracted Chikungunya,... Read More »

11
Aug
2014
Outbreaks
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Ebola: What You Should Know

The deadly Ebola virus is on the move in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria (see outbreak map.) As of August 7, CDC reports the outbreak has infected over 1,700 people and claimed the lives of more than 900. Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever – the formal name of the disease –... Read More »

27
Jun
2014
Preventing Infection
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Tips to Help Prevent Your Toothbrush from Making You Sick

Brushing teeth is a no-brainer for dental health, as any dentist will attest, but can tooth-brushing have a down side?  First, most of us have been taught how to use a toothbrush correctly, e.g., don’t brush too hard, brush up-and-down, not side-to-side, and avoid damaging gum tissue.  But there is another aspect of dental hygiene... Read More »

20
Jun
2014
Outbreaks
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Avoiding Chikungunya and Other Mosquitoborne Illnesses

A pediatrician returned home to Minnesota recently after providing voluntary medical service in Haiti. She arrived with “crushing joint pain” from chikungunya (pronounced: \chik-en-gun-ye), a viral infection spread by mosquitoes. The exotic-sounding disease can cause high fever in addition to joint and muscle pain. These symptoms are similar to those of dengue, another mosquitoborne illness... Read More »

06
Jun
2014
Outbreaks
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, and Joan B. Rose, PhD

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus: MERS-CoV

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, “MERS,” is a respiratory illness caused by an emerging coronavirus1. Although other coronaviruses are common, the MERS coronavirus (“MERS-CoV”) has only recently been reported to infect people. Symptoms of MERS include fever, cough and shortness of breath. MERS has proven fatal for approximately 30 percent of individuals infected. There is no vaccine or antiviral treatment for MERS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Supportive therapy, such as assisted breathing devices may be provided to patients during the illness.... Read More »

02
May
2014
Norovirus
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

How a Norovirus Outbreak Ruined Summer Camp

Norovirus is notorious for spoiling a good time wherever it shows up, whether onboard a cruise ship1,2, in a restaurant3,4, or even at a musical performance5. In 2005, norovirus made fast work of a summer wrestling camp at a residential college. The camp closed early after over 100 people became sick.  A new scientific study6... Read More »

18
Apr
2014
Flu
by Water Quality & Health Council

The Surprising Sneeze

Ahhh-choooo! An uncovered sneeze projects mucous particles into the air in a way that MIT scientists say permits the resulting “cloud” to travel farther than scientists had previously estimated (MIT press release). The short video above captures this “cloud” using high speed imaging. This research could help improve infection control in hospitals, workplaces, airplanes and other environments.... Read More »