19
Aug
2016
Public Health

What Are Zoonotic Diseases?


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 »

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 »

25
Nov
2015
Preventing Infection
by Water Quality & Health Council

This Holiday Season, Don’t be a Germ Re-gifter

As you gather with family and friends to mark the holidays, beware the coughing, sneezing person who should have stayed home.  This person is a re-gifter, not of an unappetizing fruit cake, but of germs that can hardly wait to make you sick. Germs survive by re-gifting, propelled by guest “A” through the air in... Read More »

16
Oct
2015
Child Care
by Water Quality & Health Council

A Fun Way to Teach Kids about Hand-washing

How can you help your children avoid some of the infectious illnesses that will be shared this season? According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, proper hand-washing is one of the most important ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. But nagging kids to wash their hands is seldom... 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 »