27
Jun
2014
Preventing Infection

Tips to Help Prevent Your Toothbrush from Making You Sick


06
Jun
2014
Outbreaks
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, and Joan B. Rose, PhD

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus: MERS-CoV

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, “MERS,” is a respiratory illness caused by an emerging coronavirus1. Although other coronaviruses are common, the MERS coronavirus (“MERS-CoV”) has only recently been reported to infect people. Symptoms of MERS include fever, cough and shortness of breath. MERS has proven fatal for approximately 30 percent of individuals infected. There is no vaccine or antiviral treatment for MERS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Supportive therapy, such as assisted breathing devices may be provided to patients during the illness.... Read More »

07
Mar
2014
Public Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Staying Hydrated All Year Long

Humans are water-based life forms, and as such we require H2O to function. Most North Americans benefit from an abundance of safe drinking water to keep our bodies hydrated.  We normally associate the risk of dehydration with hot weather, but a recent article from CNN Health highlights the fact that it is just as easy... Read More »

21
Feb
2014
Public Health
by Fred Reiff, PE

State Says Chlorine Controlling Naegleria in Louisiana

A focused effort to rid a Louisiana water system of a rare but deadly amoeba by raising the minimum chlorine disinfectant level is paying off.  The Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals announced recently that 22 water samples taken in St. Bernard Parish in late January tested negative for the amoeba Naegleria fowleri.  A new... Read More »

07
Feb
2014
Public Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Providing Food and Water: The Great Balancing Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week announced it has awarded nearly $9 million in grants to four institutionsi to fund research to help protect the quality of the nation’s waters by managing nutrient pollution.  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy characterized nutrient pollution as “one of America’s most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems.” Inherent in... Read More »

15
Nov
2013
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

Combating Antibiotic Resistance with Surface Disinfection

Antibiotic resistant microorganisms pose a serious threat to public health worldwide. According to a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 2,000,000 people in the US acquire antibiotic resistant infections every year, and at least 23,000 people die of these infections. Antibiotic resistant infections are most common among... Read More »

08
Nov
2013
Public Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Five Steps to a Healthier Home

Do you know that by making a few changes to your household habits you can dramatically reduce your family’s risk of disease?  The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that just seven pathogens are responsible for about 90 percent of gastrointestinal illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths.  These pathogens can cause fever, nausea, vomiting... Read More »

04
Oct
2013
Preventing Infection
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

After the Flood: Tips for Safe Cleanup

In addition to wiping out roads and buildings, massive flooding such as that seen in Colorado this summer can result in unanticipated hazards from tainted floodwaters.  The problem arises when pathogen-laden wastewater and fecal material from animals mingles with floodwater.  Disease risks from exposure to waterborne germs carried by floodwater include dysentery and hepatitis as... Read More »