05
Nov
2015
Preventing Infection

Healthy Visits to Patients in Healthcare Facilities


22
Oct
2015
Preventing Infection
by Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

Potentially Harmful Pathogens within Your Home

We all know water systems disinfect the water supply.  And to ensure that the water remains disinfected, water systems add a chlorine residual so that the water remains safe during transit to homes, hospitals, businesses, and other locations. Source water travels through a public drinking water system to the main drinking water distribution system to... Read More »

09
Oct
2015
Outbreaks
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Responding to Dengue Fever

In the wake of recent monsoons and flooding, mosquito-borne dengue fever is once again on the rise in the Asia Pacific Region.  According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), worldwide, dengue fever cases number over 50 million annually.  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates1 that globally 2.5 billion people, over one-third of... Read More »

11
Sep
2015
Outbreaks
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

US Shigella Infections: “A Troubling Trend”

A dramatic increase in the number of recent cases of shigellosis is being recorded in certain areas of the US, including Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and northern Kentucky. Shigellosis, also known as “bacillary dysentery” is an acute infection of the intestine caused by Shigella bacteria1. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within... Read More »

21
Aug
2015
Outbreaks
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

West Nile Virus: A Seasonal Epidemic in North America

This summer North America is once again experiencing a “seasonal epidemic” of West Nile virus that is expected to last through the fall.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, the mosquito-borne virus has been reported in 42 US states as of August 11, 2015.  Fortunately, most people who are infected... Read More »

14
Aug
2015
Outbreaks
by Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

Legionella Outbreak in the Bronx

Cooling towers on building roof tops are believed to be the breeding grounds of bacteria responsible for a summer outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in New York City.  The outbreak began on July 10.  As of August 13, twelve deaths and 119 cases of illness have been attributed to the disease, which is caused by Legionella... Read More »

26
Jun
2015
Norovirus
by Water Quality & Health Council

Avoiding Norovirus at the Lake

 Norovirus, the notorious “stomach bug,” can spread like wildfire  through homes, schools, healthcare facilities and cruise ships.  According to a recent report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus also can be spread among swimmers in natural water bodies. In July, 2014, 70 people became ill with norovirus after swimming... Read More »

05
Jun
2015
Preventing Infection
by Fred Reiff, PE

Enjoying Reptiles and Amphibians while Avoiding Salmonella

Children love to explore the great outdoors.  Spotting turtles, frogs, lizards and snakes in the wild is fun and can help build an appreciation of the wonders of wildlife.  To help keep the experience healthy, parents and guardians should be aware that reptiles and amphibians can harbor Salmonella bacteria that are easily transmitted to people... Read More »