02
Aug
2013
Outbreaks

Foodborne Illness Outbreak: Cyclospora


28
Jun
2013
Norovirus
by Water Quality & Health Council

Norovirus Takes to the Great Outdoors

Norovirus, the highly contagious “Winter Vomiting Bug1” or “Stomach Flu2” has taken to the great outdoors, hitch-hiking with travelers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) and accompanying tourists to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  This virus, the bane of cruise ship vacationers, can also ruin a land-based vacation. Norovirus on the “AT” According to a... Read More »

22
Mar
2013
Norovirus
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

Avoiding a Norovirus Nightmare on Your Cruise

Planning to take a cruise? Are you concerned that a tranquil voyage could turn nightmarish if norovirus spreads throughout the ship? Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea—truly an unwelcomed passenger on a cruise. Here are some helpful facts about cruise ships and norovirus. Norovirus is Not Limited to Cruises... Read More »

08
Feb
2013
Norovirus
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Five Tips for Avoiding Norovirus

Wash Your Hands Frequently: Because person-to-person contact is one of the main routes by which norovirus spreads, frequent hand-washing is a must, especially after using the bathroom or changing diapers, and before cooking or eating. Washing virus particles from your hands and down the drain helps prevent you from inadvertently delivering them to your mouth and eyes, entry points for infection. It also helps halt the chain of transmission of the virus to those around you. Do you wash and dry your hands properly?... Read More »

18
Jan
2013
Norovirus
by Water Quality & Health Council

“Vomiting Larry” Helps Researchers Understand Norovirus Spread

It’s January, and norovirus, known as “winter vomiting virus,” the “stomach bug” or the “stomach flu,” is on the move in the Northern Hemisphere. Norovirus is not the same as the seasonal flu, but both are off to an early start this year. The seasonal flu is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus,... Read More »

11
Jan
2013
Flu
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Help Resist Flu by Washing and Drying Your Hands Appropriately

Which to use: Electric air dryer or paper towels? You may be better off drying your hands with paper towels. It is January and the flu season is off to its earliest start in 10 years (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)). CDC currently reports that 41 states have widespread influenza activity as of... Read More »

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 »