17
Apr
2015
Preventing Infection

Hantavirus in North America: Rare but Deadly


10
Apr
2015
Bleach
by Water Quality & Health Council

Does Exposure to Bleach Cause or Help Prevent Childhood Infections?

A short report in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine concludes passive exposure to weekly use of bleach in the home could promote some infections in school-age children. The report is poorly documented, highly speculative and although the researchers recommend exercising caution when interpreting their results, some in the media have erroneously interpreted the findings... Read More »

06
Mar
2015
Outbreaks
by Water Quality & Health Council

A Fresh Look at C. Diff Infection in the US

Bacterial superbug “C. diff” infected nearly one-half million people in the US in 2011, causing inflammation of the colon and potentially deadly diarrhea. The infection killed over 15,000, but was found associated with an estimated 29,000 deaths1, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.2   The director of the Centers... Read More »

30
Jan
2015
Flu
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Blocking the Flu as You Watch the Big Football Game

Are you ready for the big football game?  Are you ready for the flu virus if it shows up at your big game party?  This Sunday, as New England clashes with Seattle, your body may be up against its own formidable opponent—one that’s too small to be seen but packs a wallop. Here are my... Read More »

07
Nov
2014
Flu
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Develop Your Flu Strategy

Flu season is approaching rapidly. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that US flu related deaths can vary from 3,000 to 49,000 people depending on the year. The CDC recommends the following flu prevention tips : Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccination Wash your hands... Read More »

31
Oct
2014
Outbreaks
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

CDC’s Message to Healthcare Workers: “Think Ebola, Care Carefully”

As the nation follows the progress of Ebola-infected healthcare workers being treated in US hospitals, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges all professionals on the front lines of the Ebola wars to exercise greater caution.  CDC released more stringent new guidance October 20 that highlights additional personal protective equipment (PPE) for... Read More »

10
Oct
2014
Outbreaks
by Water Quality & Health Council

Chlorine Bleach: A Trusted Ally in the Battle against Ebola

A group of San Diego women with close ties to the West African nation of Liberia is raising funds to help fight the Ebola outbreak in that country. Their chosen weapon:  buckets of bleach.  In a recent video, Deborah Lindholm, the founder of the group, Foundation for Women, describes life today in Liberia:  “There are... Read More »

03
Oct
2014
Outbreaks
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Enterovirus 68: The New Respiratory Virus on Our Radar

  A previously uncommon respiratory virus has shown up on our radar:  Enterovirus 68 (EV-D68), a non-polio enterovirus.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, from mid-August to October 1 of this year, 500 people in 42 states and the District of Columbia were confirmed to have EV-D68 infections, but these... Read More »