08
Nov
2013
Public Health

Five Steps to a Healthier Home


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 »

27
Sep
2013
Public Health
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Naegleria Death in Louisiana

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the rare “brain-eating” parasite, Naegleria fowleri, killed four-year-old Drake Smith, Jr. this summer in St. Bernard Parish, near New Orleans. The boy is thought to have inhaled Naegleria-contaminated water while playing on a backyard water slide.  The Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals confirmed the... Read More »

19
Jul
2013
Public Health
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

A Disappointing Show of Hands in New Hand-washing Study

Hand-washing among the public is not what it should be, according to a Michigan State University research group.  Their new study found only five percent of individuals observed in restrooms throughout a college town exhibit hand-washing behavior that conforms with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to wash with clean, running water and... Read More »

12
Apr
2013
Public Health
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

Cleaning vs. Disinfecting: What’s the Difference?

We all want to live in a clean indoor environment, but of course there are degrees of “clean” and different requirements for “clean,” depending on the living space targeted. The “clean your room” chore given to children generally refers to straightening up and organizing stray objects into drawers, closets and onto shelves. It might involve... Read More »

11
Jan
2013
Flu
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Help Resist Flu by Washing and Drying Your Hands Appropriately

Which to use: Electric air dryer or paper towels? You may be better off drying your hands with paper towels. It is January and the flu season is off to its earliest start in 10 years (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)). CDC currently reports that 41 states have widespread influenza activity as of... Read More »

14
Sep
2012
Outbreaks
by Water Quality & Health Council

Staying One Step Ahead of Legionnaires’ Disease

Two large Quebec City buildings and a Chicago hotel are reported sites of exposure to Legionella bacteria that resulted in over 100 recent cases of Legionnaires’ disease and 13 deaths. In Quebec City, officials suspect building cooling systems became colonized with high numbers of the bacteria (CNN Health report), causing ten deaths and 165 cases... Read More »

20
Jul
2012
Public Health
by Fred Reiff, PE

Cholera in the Caribbean

In the wake of heavy rains, Cuba has been visited for the first time in 130 years by an old public health enemy:  cholera.  According to CNN, the problem may have begun when floodwater contaminated drinking water wells with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae (CNN video).  The outbreak appears to be limited mainly to the eastern... Read More »