23
Dec
2016
Child Care

A Fun Holiday Hand-washing Activity for Kids


09
Dec
2016
Preventing Infection
by Water Quality & Health Council

Handkerchief or Tissues? That is the Question!

Ah-choo! How do you handle sneezes and a runny nose? Do you reach for a handkerchief or tissues? Which option is more sanitary? Which option is most environmentally responsible? How do affordability, comfort and convenience factor into your decision? More men than women may prefer handkerchiefs, but that may be changing. Rather than endorse one... Read More »

23
Nov
2016
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

The Black Friday Shoppers’ Health and Safety Survival Guide

Determined to brave the traffic, crowds and general madness of Black Friday, many shoppers strike out to take advantage of deep discounts on holiday goods. We offer tips to help ensure shoppers return home from these shopping adventures safely and in good health. Safety First As exciting as it is to get to the sales... Read More »

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 »

19
Aug
2016
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

What Are Zoonotic Diseases?

If you guessed that ZOOnotic diseases have something to do with animals, you are right.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a zoonotic disease is one that can spread between animals and humans under natural conditions—such as in homes, on farms, and at county fairs and petting zoos—and can be caused... 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 »

17
Jun
2016
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Cleanup in the Aftermath of Flooding

With record flooding in areas of Texas and the 2016 hurricane season just beginning, we think a word to the wise on cleanup in the aftermath of flooding is in order. First, assume that all flood waters are contaminated and that exposure to these waters may raise the risk of diarrhea, dysentery, and even hepatitis,... Read More »

20
May
2016
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

The Terms of Germ Inactivation

Reducing disease-causing microorganisms—aka “pathogens” or “germs”—on environmental surfaces is a matter of using the right agent for the task at hand.  You would no sooner wash your hands in a bleach solution after gardening than expect surgical instruments to be prepared by washing them in soapy water. Terms that apply to germ reduction on surfaces—cleaning,... Read More »