11
Feb
2011
Preventing Infection

Reducing Deaths from Hospital Infections


15
Dec
2010
Norovirus
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Norovirus Outbreak in UK

According to officials at Great Britain’s Health Protection Agency (HPA), the norovirus is spreading rapidly across the UK and causing many major outbreaks.  In the last month health officials have received twice as many positive samples submitted to laboratories, while hospitals have experienced more outbreaks than usual. Since the beginning of November, the number of... Read More »

29
Oct
2010
Outbreaks
by Fred Reiff, PE

Red Cross Provides Aid to Victims of Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Haiti’s first cholera outbreak in a century has killed at least 253 people and infected more than 3,000 with the acute diarrheal disease, overwhelming some clinics and causing the country’s worst public health crisis since January’s earthquake. The Haitian Ministry of Health said tests had confirmed the disease outbreak is cholera, while United Nations officials say the Artibonite... Read More »

08
Sep
2010
Outbreaks
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Salmonella contamination on farms in Midwest

A national ongoing outbreak of salmonella-contaminated eggs has sickened over 1,400 people since May, according to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak has been tracked to in-shell eggs from Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms in Iowa, which have launched a nationwide recall of over 550 million eggs suspected of being... Read More »

25
Jun
2010
Norovirus
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC

New CDC Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Norovirus

Over the past several years, norovirus outbreaks have been increasingly reported at health care facilities across the county. Several states have implemented guidelines to help health care institutions and communities prevent norovirus transmission. Noroviruses cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and the small and large intestines, in people of all ages. Noroviruses are most dangerous... Read More »

19
May
2010
Norovirus
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Norovirus Outbreak at Minnesota School

Investigators from the Minnesota Department of Health are probing a norovirus outbreak that affected more than 60 students in the Renville County West school district last week. The students complained of vomiting and severe diarrhea. Noroviruses cause gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach and the small and large intestines, in people of all ages, though... Read More »

07
Apr
2010
Norovirus
by Water Quality & Health Council

New Study Finds Bleach More Effective against Noroviruses than Other Disinfectants

Noroviruses, a group of viruses which are responsible for more than half of all reported food borne gastroenteritis outbreaks, cause gastroenteritis including vomiting, diarrhea, fever, weakness, and dehydration in people of all ages. They can be spread through contact with infected people or through contaminated water, foods, or surfaces. In addition, noroviruses arevery resistant to disinfection.... Read More »

02
Apr
2010
Bleach
by Water Quality & Health Council

Bleach disinfectant wipes reduce hospital-acquired C. difficile infection rates

Known as a “hospital superbug” because of its high antibacterial resistance, Clostridium difficile, C. difficile, is one of the most common bacterial pathogens that cause hospital-acquired infections in the country. It can cause diarrhea, colitis, and sepsis, any of which could prolong hospital stays or even cause death. Researchers found a way to reduce the acquisition of this... Read More »