07
Apr
2010
Norovirus

New Study Finds Bleach More Effective against Noroviruses than Other Disinfectants


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 »

31
Mar
2010
Flu
by Water Quality & Health Council

Are Hand Sanitizers Better than Hand Washing for Combating the Common Cold?

According to a new study reported by the ASM, hand sanitizers containing ethanol are much more effective at removing rhinovirus from hands than washing with soap and water. Hand sanitizers containing both ethanol and organic acids significantly reduced recovery of the virus from hands and rhinovirus infection up to 4 hours following use. The researchers of... Read More »

17
Mar
2010
Flu
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Flu Vaccination Protects Entire Communities

When children are vaccinated against the seasonal flu, the entire community benefits. A study by theNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) found that people living in communities in which about 80 percent of the children were vaccinated were much less likely to contract seasonal influenza, even if they themselves had not been vaccinated. This... Read More »

03
Mar
2010
Flu
by Water Quality & Health Council

Virus Hybridization Could Create Pandemic Bird Flu

According to a new study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, genetic interactions between avian influenza (H5N1) and human seasonal influenza viruses have the potential to create hybrid strains combining the virulence of bird flu with the pandemic ability ofH1N1. The study showed that in laboratory experiments with mice, a single gene segment from a human seasonal flu... Read More »

17
Feb
2010
Norovirus
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Norovirus Outbreak at North Carolina Student Conference

One hundred-fifty of the 1,000 student attendees to a YMCA Youth & Government conference became sick last weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, The students complained of vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and stomach cramps. According to the Wake County environmental health director, norovirus was confirmed in four of the 150 students who became ill. Noroviruses are a group of... Read More »

27
Jan
2010
Outbreaks
by Water Quality & Health Council

Lull in H1N1 Creates Vaccination Opportunity

H1N1 outbreaks seem to be declining around the country; however, officials warn that a “third wave” could strike as the nation enters peak flu season, particularly if people ignore health officials’ advice to get vaccinated. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released statistics that show no states with widespread flu activity. The CDC... Read More »

14
Dec
2009
Flu
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

National Influenza Vaccination Week – December 6-12

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated this week (Dec. 6-12) as National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of ongoing efforts to vaccinate against influenza (flu) and to foster even greater efforts going forward. This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week serves as an important reminder to seek out the H1N1... Read More »