04
Sep
2015
Public Health

Disinfesting Bed Bugs


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 »

05
Jun
2015
Preventing Infection
by Fred Reiff, PE

Enjoying Reptiles and Amphibians while Avoiding Salmonella

Children love to explore the great outdoors.  Spotting turtles, frogs, lizards and snakes in the wild is fun and can help build an appreciation of the wonders of wildlife.  To help keep the experience healthy, parents and guardians should be aware that reptiles and amphibians can harbor Salmonella bacteria that are easily transmitted to people... Read More »

17
Apr
2015
Preventing Infection
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Hantavirus in North America: Rare but Deadly

Spring cleaning time is here, and chores may include sweeping out garages, basements, sheds, cottages and cabins.  Keep in mind that these environments may contain rodent droppings, which can present a rare but deadly health risk from hantavirus.  Hantavirus was first recognized in North America in May, 1993 in The Four Corners area of Arizona,... Read More »

23
Jan
2015
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Fighting Antibiotic Resistance at Home and Globally

We all have a stake in the outcome of the battle against antimicrobial resistance. Everyone, from the global public health expert to the ordinary citizen, can play a role in reversing a dangerous trend in the balance of power between humans and pathogens.... Read More »

16
Jan
2015
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Superbugs and the 2016 Summer Olympics

An antimicrobial resistant “superbug” could give sailors and windsurfers competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics more to worry about than their athletic performance. Evidence of superbugs--bacteria resistant to common antibiotics—have been found in the sewage-laden Carioca River, which flows into Guanabara Bay, the planned site of Olympic sailing and windsurfing events.... Read More »

14
Nov
2014
Child Care
by Fred Reiff, PE

Foregoing Childhood Immunizations: Fear and Consequences

Parents can use this CDC “button” to create a personalized vaccination schedule for children 6 years old or younger Childhood immunizations protect against a wide variety of diseases, including diphtheria, measles, mumps, whooping cough (pertussis), polio, rubella, varicella (chicken pox) and smallpox.  Yet, some parents reject these immunizations as unsafe, citing a fear of potential... Read More »