05
Jun
2015
Preventing Infection

Enjoying Reptiles and Amphibians while Avoiding Salmonella


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 »

03
Oct
2014
Outbreaks
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Enterovirus 68: The New Respiratory Virus on Our Radar

  A previously uncommon respiratory virus has shown up on our radar:  Enterovirus 68 (EV-D68), a non-polio enterovirus.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, from mid-August to October 1 of this year, 500 people in 42 states and the District of Columbia were confirmed to have EV-D68 infections, but these... Read More »

26
Sep
2014
Public Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Naegleria in Louisiana: Fighting the Right Fight

The identification of the “brain-eating amoeba,” Naegleria fowleri, in some Louisiana drinking water and three tragic deaths from this organism since 2011 has prompted an aggressive response to rid state water systems of the amoeba. This article examines the strategy being used to combat Naegleria in Louisiana, and reinforces the importance of staying the present... Read More »

19
Sep
2014
Preventing Infection
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

Reduce Your Risk of Getting Sick at the Office

Office workers share more than reports and chit-chat when they show up for work each day. They also share germs, according to a new study by University of Arizona microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba.  A recent article in Mother Nature Network describes how Dr.  Gerba tracked the spread of a harmless virus across surfaces in offices,... Read More »