01
Apr
2016
Outbreaks

Preparing for the Summer of Zika Virus


11
Mar
2016
Outbreaks
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH, and Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Avoiding MRSA at the Gym

A healthy workout in the gym should leave you with a feeling of well-being and nothing worse than a duffle bag full of sweaty clothes.  It should not leave you with a MRSA skin infection. What is MRSA? MRSA, or “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,” is a type of staph bacteria that is, according to the US... Read More »

26
Feb
2016
Norovirus
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

Understanding Norovirus in Less than Three Minutes

Norovirus:  It’s the leading cause of outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting in the US.  The virus can spread like wildfire through homes, schools, healthcare facilities, sports teams, child care centers and nursing homes.  Norovirus causes an average of 20 million cases of illness each year, including tens of thousands of hospitalizations and hundreds of deaths,... Read More »

05
Feb
2016
Outbreaks
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Zika Virus: On the Move

The Zika virus, a flavivirus1, is spreading “explosively” through several Latin American and Caribbean countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), prompting that group to declare an international health emergency which, according to the BBC “…means research and aid will be fast-tracked to tackle the infection.”  The virus is transmitted through the bite of... Read More »

15
Jan
2016
Outbreaks
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Preventing RSV

What is RSV? RSV is “Respiratory Syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) Virus,” a virus that affects the lungs and breathing passages.  In healthy people, an RSV infection resembles a cold (colds are caused by rhinoviruses, another type of virus), but the very young and the very old[1] and those with weakened immune systems may develop more serious symptoms. ... Read More »

18
Dec
2015
Outbreaks
by Water Quality & Health Council

When Fresh Ingredients Make Consumers Sick

Over 140 Boston College students were sickened recently after eating at a Chipotle restaurant near the Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts campus.  The culprit:  norovirus, the most common cause of foodborne illness in the US.  The norovirus outbreak comes on the heels of a multistate outbreak of E. coli associated with Chipotle that made 52 people sick... Read More »

11
Dec
2015
Flu
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Five Flu Facts

Getting the flu vaccine is strategic. Getting the annual flu vaccine is the single best thing you can do to prevent the flu.  The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu shot for everyone six months old and older.  Some folks are proudly posting their “vax” photos on the CDC’s... Read More »

04
Dec
2015
Flu
by Fred Reiff, PE

The Lesson in Costco Chicken Salad

The recent multistate outbreak of foodborne illness linked to Costco rotisserie chicken salad is another reminder that safe food practices are as essential to fresh produce as they are to raw meats and poultry. The Costco outbreak was traced, not to contaminated chicken or tainted mayonnaise, but to E.coli-contaminated fresh celery in a diced vegetable... Read More »