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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 …
Aerobiology Laboratory Supports Legionella Testing Clients Following New Legislation
Aerobiology Laboratory Supports Legionella Testing Clients Following New Legislation
8/25/2015 3:29:14 PM
Following the largest known outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City, which has caused the death of twelve people and sickened more than 125 others, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation to prevent future spread of this deadly disease.  A summary of the legislation requires all cooling towers to be registered, tested for Legionnaires’ disease, and …
Vesta Teleradiology Launches New Blog for Radiologists and Healthcare Providers
8/24/2015 10:00:00 AM
Vesta Teleradiology has announced the launch of a new blog covering trending topics of interest in radiology such as ICD-10, Meaningful Use, Ultrasound scans in Primary Care settings, Interoperability, Affordable Care Act, and the latest developments in the radiology industry.   The blog, vestarad.com/mediablog/blog has posts and articles from radiologists and other staff …
Toronto reports this year’s first human case of West Nile Virus
Toronto reports this year’s first human case of West Nile Virus
8/22/2015 8:14:29 PM
Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received a lab confirmation indicating that an adult resident in Toronto has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first human case testing positive for West Nile Virus in Toronto for 2015. TPH continues to investigate where the virus was acquired, as the resident had potential exposures in Toronto and outside of the city. While …
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 …
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. …
Could an Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Occur in Puerto Rico?
Could an Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Occur in Puerto Rico?
8/17/2015 12:14:14 PM
The nation’s attention has been riveted by daily media reports about additional deaths and infections due to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in New York City.  So far, 12 people have died and 113 have reportedly developed the life-threatening infection in the South Bronx area.   The outbreak in New York is believed to be associated with contaminated cooling towers that …
Chickenpox vaccination does increase shingles cases, but mainly in young adults
Chickenpox vaccination does increase shingles cases, but mainly in young adults
8/14/2015 11:53:01 AM
Vaccinating one-year-olds against chickenpox could temporarily nearly double the incidence of shingles in the wider population, but in younger adults than previously thought. The effect occurs because vaccination reduces the likelihood of adults who experienced chickenpox as a child being re-exposed to the virus. Re-exposure boosts immunity to shingles, caused by the same …
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 …
Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease has Facility Managers in Texas Checking Cooling Towers
Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease has Facility Managers in Texas Checking Cooling Towers
8/11/2015 5:43:09 PM
New York has experienced their worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease which has already resulted in 12 deaths and over 100 people becoming infected.  The disease is caused by breathing small water droplets contaminated with a type of bacteria known as Legionella .   Although many people may be exposed to Legionella and not become sick, there are groups who are especially …
Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Highlights Exposure Risks due to Microbial Pathogens
Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Highlights Exposure Risks due to Microbial Pathogens
8/11/2015 4:40:56 PM
The worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City’s history has already claimed 12 lives and infected at least 113 people in the South Bronx.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been called in to work with state and city health officials to stop the outbreak.   Inspections of cooling towers across the area have been ordered and a number have …
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 …
Deaths due to Legionnaires Disease Results in Widespread Order to Inspect Cooling Towers
Deaths due to Legionnaires Disease Results in Widespread Order to Inspect Cooling Towers
8/10/2015 12:28:36 PM
The outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York continues to grow.  So far, 10 people have died from the condition and over 100 have reportedly been infected.  New York health officials have called in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with their investigation of the outbreak.   Five cooling towers have already tested positive for the bacteria …
Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill Review on Treating Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome in Men
Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill Review on Treating Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome in Men
8/7/2015 9:11:28 AM
CPPS is a condition that can occur in both men and women. In men the problem is usually related to the prostate. Studies report that up to 10% to 15% of the male population has chronic pelvic pain syndrome at any one time, and it accounts for 2 million outpatient visits per year. The good news is that traditional Chinese medicine of Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill has …
Study finds state policies influence vaccination, disease outbreak rates
Study finds state policies influence vaccination, disease outbreak rates
8/6/2015 9:59:49 AM
Lax state vaccination laws contribute to lower immunization rates and increased outbreaks of preventable diseases—like whooping cough and measles—according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Through their research, released in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs, study authors David Bradford and Anne Mandich found higher rates of pertussis, or …
Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc. Supports Legionella Testing in Light of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015
Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc. Supports Legionella Testing in Light of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015
8/5/2015 4:23:37 PM
CNN NEWS By David Shortell, Updated 7:09 PM ET, Mon August 3, 2015   “The number of deaths in the New York City Legionnaires’ disease outbreak is up to seven. All of the victims were older adults with additional underlying medical problems, according to the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio. The office said Monday that there have been 81 reported cases of the flu-like …
CDC modeling projects growth of drug-resistant infections and C. difficile
8/5/2015 10:20:50 AM
The latest CDC Vital Signs includes mathematical modeling that projects increases in drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile ( C. difficile ) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing. The promising news is that CDC modeling projects that a coordinated approach—that is, health care facilities and health …

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