27
Sep
2013
Public Health

Naegleria Death in Louisiana


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 »

22
Jun
2012
Public Health
by Joan B. Rose, PhD

A Microbe Census of the Human Body

About ten thousand species of microbes inhabit the human body, many of which are critical to our health and survival. Our bodies are actually their own microbial ecosystems comprising bacteria, virus and fungi populations in the trillions. There are ten times as many microbe cells found on surfaces in and on the human body as... Read More »

27
Apr
2012
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

Doctor, Nurse: Have You Washed Your Hands?

It’s a well-known fact that hand-washing is one of the most important measures for reducing the spread of infection. Yet, healthcare workers, of all people, often fail to wash their hands!  One potential approach to this problem is to encourage patients, before submitting to treatment, to confirm verbally that doctors and nurses have indeed washed... Read More »