03
Jan
2020
Preventing Infection

Germ Prevention: Don’t Regift Germs This Holiday Season


27
Dec
2019
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Staying Healthy During the Holidays with “12 Ways to Health”

In a nutshell… The “12 Ways to Health” is a song that promotes a dozen strategies for staying healthy during the holidays. It is a production of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” “Ways to health” include hand-washing, bundling up for warmth, managing... Read More »

13
Sep
2019
Public Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Shameful Scam: Drinking Sodium Chlorite Products as a Cure for Autism

Can drinking a chlorine dioxide bleach solution cure children of autism? There is no evidence that it can. Parents of autistic children, however, are being targeted by deceptive online ads for “Miracle Mineral Solution,” “Master Mineral Solution,” and similar products marketed with false claims of curing autism. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recent warning about these products, noting that ingesting them has made consumers sick and can even lead to death.... Read More »

06
Sep
2019
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC

Back to School: How to Help Prevent the Spread of Germs in the Classroom

As students return to the classroom with brand-new backpacks and high hopes for a good academic year, an invisible army of microbes is preparing an attack on the little learners. Legions of cold and flu viruses are determined to circulate through the “student body” in a show of force that will make school PTA newsletter... Read More »

21
Jun
2019
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

Candida auris Infections: What You Need to Know about This Growing Global Health Threat

A drug-resistant fungus originally identified in the ear of an elderly woman in Japan in 2009 is raising global health concerns. Candida auris, or “C. auris” (“auris” is Latin for “ear”), is a yeast that is considered an “emerging” pathogen because of rising numbers of infections reported around the globe. C. auris infections are common in medical centers, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities among people who are already ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports nearly half of all people who contract the fungal disease die within 90 days. CDC tracks C. auris cases reported in the U.S.... Read More »

10
May
2019
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

Choosing Cleaners, Sanitizers, and Disinfectants: What Schools and Other Institutions Should Consider

We are all familiar with cleaners, those handy products that help us remove visible debris, dirt, and dust from surfaces. Cleaners play an important role in building maintenance, but they cannot consistently eliminate disease-causing microorganisms (pathogens), such as bacteria and viruses on surfaces. Sanitizers and disinfectants are the antimicrobial products made to destroy those. Disinfectants are used to help halt the spread of infectious illnesses, such as colds, flu, norovirus, and resistant organisms such as MRSA. These infectious illnesses and outbreaks can devastate student or worker attendance and productivity in any institution.... Read More »

15
Mar
2019
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

Infection Control in Intensive Care Units: A Focus on Sink Drains

Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) affect about one in 31 hospital patients in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eliminating HAIs is an important public health goal, and one that researchers can help meet by generating the scientific data that lead to “best practices” and engineering solutions that help... Read More »

08
Feb
2019
Public Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Tracking Seasonal Flu in Real Time

Has the flu made an appearance in your household this season? Flu is not a reportable disease in most areas of the U.S., so only estimates of numbers of cases and related medical visits are possible. Preliminary reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that between October 1, 2018, and January 26, 2019, there were between 10.1 and 11.7 million cases of flu in the U.S., at least 4.7 million flu-related medical visits, and up to 141,000 hospitalizations. Although CDC has been making these “in-season” flu estimates since 2010, reporting them to the public in real time is new as of this season. The estimates are made using mathematical models based on rates of laboratory confirmed flu-related hospitalizations.... Read More »