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Outbreak of Fungal Lung Infections Affects More than Two Dozen in Wisconsin
Outbreak of Fungal Lung Infections Affects More than Two Dozen in Wisconsin
8/28/2015 1:52:45 PM
In August, Wisconsin’s WAOW broadcasted a report about a cluster of lung infections caused by a fungal pathogen commonly found in moist soil and associated with decomposing organic matter.  The infection is known as blastomycosis and is caused by inhaling airborne fungal spores. Fungi are a natural part of the environment and can be found all around us.  Some types of …
California Foreclosures and Potential Indoor Environmental Quality Issues
California Foreclosures and Potential Indoor Environmental Quality Issues
8/28/2015 12:13:44 PM
Foreclosure rates have been steadily decreasing in most parts of the country.  According to recent media reports, even with this trend, California still has one of the highest number of completed foreclosure rates in the country.  Approximately 29,000 properties completed the foreclosure process in California from the middle of 2014 through the middle of this year. For many …
Over 100,000 Nail Salon Workers in California Could be Exposed to Toxic Chemicals
8/27/2015 5:20:18 PM
According to the Los Angeles Times, there are approximately 120,000 licensed nail technicians who work in some 48,000 nail salons across California.  This information was part of an article published by the newspaper in May that looked into working conditions and potential chemical exposure risks faced by these workers.  Chemical exposure concerns for nail salon workers were …
Tenants Advised to Inspect for Mold and Water Damage before Renting a Home or Apartment
Tenants Advised to Inspect for Mold and Water Damage before Renting a Home or Apartment
8/27/2015 4:20:55 PM
In early August, KTVB broadcasted a story about an Idaho family who had to move out of the home they were renting due to mold.  After the family brought in a mold inspection professional to investigate their claims, long-term water and moisture damage was found that supported the growth of fungi in the residence.  Allergic reactions to mold are common and can be immediate …
Is Toxic Lead Lurking in Your Water Supply?
Is Toxic Lead Lurking in Your Water Supply?
8/26/2015 5:23:00 PM
According to CBC News , in late July, Memorial University in St. Johns, Canada temporarily closed its campus after higher than acceptable levels of lead were found in the drinking water of several buildings. The campus reopened several days later as bottled water and special lead-removing filters were added to some of the drinking fountains as more tests were …
Kentucky Middle School’s Equipment Failure Results in Mold Growth
8/21/2015 2:15:02 PM
Last month, WPSD broadcasted a report about the temporary closing of a middle school in McCracken County, Kentucky. The middle school was reportedly closed so remediation crews could begin removing mold recently found in the building to get the facility ready for students and faculty preparing for the new school year. According to the news report, a compressor failed which …
New York Governor Passes Historic Cooling Tower Regulation to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks
8/21/2015 1:31:20 PM
On August 17th, 2015, Governor Cuomo of New York announced new emergency health regulations mandating that all cooling towers across the state must be registered, inspected and tested to help prevent the spread of Legionella bacteria. This is the first regulation in the United States that requires, by law, Legionella testing in cooling towers as well as establishes …
Widespread Flooding in Tampa Causes Property Damage and Health Concerns
8/19/2015 10:24:13 AM
The first three days of August brought a month’s worth of rain to Tampa.  Parts of the metro area reportedly received up to 18 inches of rain and the region recorded measurable rain for 14 days straight. With the area soaked, the rain had nowhere to go. In many parts of the city, flooding and leaking homes and buildings resulted in extensive property damage.   Now that the …
Free Legionella Pocket Guide & Webinar Offered by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
Free Legionella Pocket Guide & Webinar Offered by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
8/18/2015 1:03:19 PM
The worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York’s history has already claimed 12 lives and infected over 100 people as of Monday, August 10th. The outbreak occurred in the South Bronx and has over 1.4 million residents of the borough along with surrounding communities on edge. With health and safety officials scrambling to prevent more illnesses, EMSL Analytical, Inc. …
California Wildfires Rage Causing Destruction & Property Damage
8/17/2015 4:21:45 PM
August started with approximately 20 wildfires raging across California.  The fires have been made exceptionally difficult to control this year due to the state’s historic ongoing drought and windy conditions in many areas. Tens of thousands of acres have been burnt as firemen from surrounding states make their way to California to help with efforts to contain the …
Legionnaires’ Disease is Not Just a Health Concern in New York City
8/14/2015 11:29:15 AM
Recently, it was announced that 12 victims of Legionnaires’ disease have died in New York. This news was in conjunction with reports that the number of infected people had also risen from 108 to 113. While the media has focused most of their attention on this historic outbreak in the South Bronx, there have been others in New York and across the nation who have also been …
The Advocates Injury Attorneys Open Second Washington Office in Tacoma
8/12/2015 8:00:00 PM
The Advocates, established in 1992 in Salt Lake City, Utah, are personal injury and accident attorneys serving Washington with a mission of protecting individual rights for people who have been injured or involved in an accident. After a successful twenty years of practice in Utah, founding associate Ken Bills started a Seattle branch in 2012. Located in downtown Seattle, …
New York City Requires Cooling Towers to be Tested and Inspected for Legionella
8/11/2015 3:08:30 PM
All attention has been focused on the ongoing Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in South Bronx, New York. As of August 10th, there have been 12 deaths and over 100 hospitalizations. On August 6th, Mayor deBlasio of New York City announced that every cooling tower must be tested and inspected for Legionella . Estimates now indicate that there are at least 2,500 cooling towers in …
Austin, TX Personal Injury Lawyer Joel A. Levine helps Loewy Law Firm secure a $250,000 Settlement for Client
Austin, TX Personal Injury Lawyer Joel A. Levine helps Loewy Law Firm secure a $250,000 Settlement for Client
8/9/2015 8:12:34 AM
Austin, TX injury attorney Joel A. Levine assisted Adam Loewy and the Loewy Law Firm in helping their client, a woman from Burnet County, win a $250,000 settlement following a truck accident involving an 18-wheeler ramming into her car from the side. At the site of the accident, the Texas State Trooper blamed their client even though she denied fault. After seeking the …
The Importance of Indoor Environmental Quality for California’s Hotel Industry
8/5/2015 11:59:42 AM
Millions of tourists visit California each year and most stay at one of the thousands of lodging establishments that serve visitors from across the world. Tourism is a huge part of the state’s economy and generates billions of dollars in direct travel spending and helps to fill local and state tax coffers.  An increasing number of visitors to California are concerned about …

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