20
May
2016
Public Health

The Terms of Germ Inactivation


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 »

04
Sep
2015
Public Health
by Linda Golodner

Disinfesting Bed Bugs

A resurgence in bed bug infestations since around 2000 is making travelers wary of hotel beds, and not just lumpy mattresses in budget hotels.  Bed bugs travel the world secreted in luggage and clothing; they respect no boundaries, infesting everything from low-cost housing to five-star hotels. Bed Bug Life Stages In contrast to surfaces harboring... 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 »

31
Jul
2015
Public Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Naegleria fowleri Infection: Low Likelihood, High Impact

A rare but deadly “brain-eating” waterborne amoeba is making US headlines once again this summer in California, Minnesota and Louisiana.  A 21-year old California woman died on June 20 of an infection caused by Naegleria fowleri, according to a news report.  An investigation is ongoing, but the infection may have resulted from her exposure to... Read More »