11
Jan
2013
Flu

Help Resist Flu by Washing and Drying Your Hands Appropriately


04
Jan
2013
Preventing Infection
by Water Quality & Health Council

Reducing the Risk of Bacteria in Home Water Systems

A group of bacteria known to occur in treated water may present a health risk to certain susceptible individuals.  An article in the December, 2012 issue of Opflow, a journal of the American Water Works Association, describes these microorganisms and how they propagate and provides practical tips for reducing exposure to mycobacteria. The mycobacterium avium... Read More »

26
Nov
2012
Norovirus
by Linda Golodner

New Tools to Help Reduce the Spread of Norovirus

Each year an estimated 20 million Americans are sickened by a highly contagious virus that usually turns up in force in late fall and hangs around until early spring. Norovirus, aka the “stomach bug,” “winter vomiting disease,” or “stomach flui” is an uninvited guest at nursing homes, schools, holiday parties, and wherever people congregate.  It... Read More »

05
Oct
2012
Flu
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

Flu Vaccination Blitz Needed for Long-term Healthcare Workers

The flu vaccine represents the single best strategy for preventing the flu, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Many healthcare workers are vaccinated every year to help reduce their risk of contracting the flu and spreading it to their patients and families.  Long-term care patients in particular may be prone... Read More »

14
Sep
2012
Outbreaks
by Water Quality & Health Council

Staying One Step Ahead of Legionnaires’ Disease

Two large Quebec City buildings and a Chicago hotel are reported sites of exposure to Legionella bacteria that resulted in over 100 recent cases of Legionnaires’ disease and 13 deaths. In Quebec City, officials suspect building cooling systems became colonized with high numbers of the bacteria (CNN Health report), causing ten deaths and 165 cases... Read More »

17
Aug
2012
Outbreaks
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Avoiding Swine Flu at the County Fair

County and state fairs are popular late-summer events in many regions of America. In addition to cash for the carnival rides, funnel cakes and “food on a stick”, this year’s fair-goers should equip themselves with an awareness of a new flu strain that is being spread by pigs to people—a variant of H3N2 called H3N2v.... Read More »

13
Jul
2012
Preventing Infection
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

For Disinfecting Sponges, Microwaving is a Simple Solution

Ah, the lowly kitchen sponge.  It is the seemingly perfect scrubbing tool that can take repeated use and abuse as it helps you scrub the dishes, wipe up food debris and even clean the kitchen sink.  However, as we all know, you don’t get something for nothing in this world!  From a microbiological point of... Read More »

20
Apr
2012
Outbreaks
by Fred Reiff, PE

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Highlights Need for Hygiene in Child Care Settings

Hand, foot and mouth diseasei is a viral illness caused by coxsackievirus. Afflicting mostly children, coxsackievirus normally causes mild fever and rash or sores on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, and sores or blisters in the mouth. Recently, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported coxsackievirus A6... Read More »