14
Oct
2016
Norovirus

Norovirus and Chlorine Bleach: The Perfect Pathogen Meets its Match


30
Sep
2016
Preventing Infection
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

The Right Way to Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands! The parental command echoes in my memory. It is also the public health message we hear most often when the subject is preventing the spread of infectious illness. Hand washing may be one of the easiest things we can do to ward off sickness, but the casual observer in any public restroom... Read More »

05
Aug
2016
Outbreaks
by Bob G. Vincent, MPA

Stepping up Our Game against Zika Virus

“Ground zero” for the first likely cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in the US has been identified as a one-mile square patch in the Wynwood neighborhood north of downtown Miami.  The virus has not yet been found in local mosquitoes, but Florida Department of Health officials are aggressively implementing disease and environmental surveillance while city... Read More »

22
Jul
2016
Outbreaks
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, and Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Sepsis Explained

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection. Sepsis causes inflammation throughout the body, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sepsis is a serious complication of septicemia, also known as bacteremia or blood poisoning. Septicemia occurs when a... Read More »

15
Jul
2016
Preventing Infection
by Water Quality & Health Council

Vibrio Infection: Rare, but Worth Knowing About

Planning a beach vacation this summer? You should know about a group of naturally-occurring bacteria found in the warm coastal, especially brackish waters of the US that pose a rare but potentially serious risk to raw seafood consumers, anglers, commercial fishermen and others engaged in salt water-based activities. The culprits are several species of Vibrio... Read More »

06
May
2016
Outbreaks
by Water Quality & Health Council

Lifecycle of the Zika-transmitting Mosquito

Mosquito borne illnesses have played a significant role the course of human history and continue to have repercussions on human health. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls the mosquito the “greatest menace” of all disease-transmitting insects, responsible for several million deaths and hundreds of millions of cases every year.  Malaria alone, transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes,... Read More »

29
Apr
2016
Outbreaks
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, Fred Reiff, PE, and Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Elizabethkingia anophelis Outbreak in Wisconsin: A Mystery for CDC Disease Detectives

What causes a bacterium that is ubiquitous in soil, rivers, water reservoirs and the guts of mosquitoes to suddenly cause an outbreak of human infection? The bacterium is Elizabethkingia anophelis1, and the outbreak is affecting at least 12 Wisconsin counties. The common source of the outbreak remains a mystery at this time. According to the World... Read More »

22
Apr
2016
Outbreaks
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, and Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Aedes Mosquitoes: A Force in Human History

At the center of the current Zika virus epidemic is the humble insect vector, the Aedes mosquito, both aegypti and albopictus species.  The female Aedes 1acquires and transmits the virus by simply doing what she does—extracting blood from people, birds and other animals to obtain proteins needed to develop her eggs.  To many of us,... Read More »