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Environmental Testing for Staphylococcus aureus Can Help Prevent Outbreaks
Environmental Testing for Staphylococcus aureus Can Help Prevent Outbreaks
10/23/2014 5:19:43 PM
Last month, a student at Mohawk Trail Regional School in Massachusetts was reported to have been infected with MRSA, also known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.   Additional media reports from September also stated a student at Ligonier Valley Middle School in Pennsylvania was diagnosed with MRSA as was someone from an elementary school in Saginaw, …
Campylobacter Outbreak Hits School District in Western Wisconsin
Campylobacter Outbreak Hits School District in Western Wisconsin
10/23/2014 9:39:40 AM
Last month, WCCO in Minneapolis published a report about an infectious disease outbreak of high school students at a school district in western Wisconsin.  According to the article, one student has already been confirmed with a Campylobacter infection and others have been hospitalized. Campylobacter is a type of bacteria that causes an infectious disease known as …
JPMorgan Chase and Employees to Donate up to $600,000 to Help Curtail West Africa’s Ebola Outbreak
10/22/2014 12:54:04 PM
JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced up to $600,000 in donations from its foundation and employees to help curtail the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Grants totaling $300,000 from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation will support the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) - two leading organizations dedicated to helping control the …
NIH begins early human clinical trial of VSV Ebola vaccine
10/22/2014 12:32:29 PM
Human testing of a second investigational Ebola vaccine candidate is under way at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) are conducting the early phase trial to evaluate the vaccine, called VSV-ZEBOV, for safety and its ability to generate an immune system …
Asbestos Discovery Temporarily Closes Humboldt State University’s Health Center
Asbestos Discovery Temporarily Closes Humboldt State University’s Health Center
10/20/2014 10:26:39 AM
Last month, The Lumberjack published an article that reported that asbestos had been found during a remodeling project of the Student Health Center at Humboldt State University.  The article stated that facility staff identified some construction debris that included tiles and upon further investigation the mastic glue used on the tiles was confirmed to contain …
Identifying Environmental Sources of Mycobacterium avium Complex to Prevent Disease
Identifying Environmental Sources of Mycobacterium avium Complex to Prevent Disease
10/16/2014 4:55:36 PM
Mycobacterium avium complex, commonly referred to as MAC, consists of two species of bacteria. They include Mycobacterium avium and Mycobacterium intracellulare.  These species can cause disease in humans and are found in various environmental settings across the globe. Interestingly the ecology, epidemiology and transmission of MAC is very similar to Legionella . Both …
Handwashing one important tool in the Ebola fight – UNICEF
10/15/2014 10:48:39 AM
As the world celebrates the seventh Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF said the fight against Ebola further underscores the practice of handwashing in disease prevention.  “Handwashing with soap is one of the cheapest, most effective ‘vaccines’ against viral diseases, from the seasonal flu, to the common cold,” said Sanjay Wijesekera, head of UNICEF’s global water, sanitation and …
CDC Develops a New, Faster Lab Test for Enterovirus D68
10/14/2014 5:30:21 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed and started using a new, faster lab test for detecting enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in specimens from people in the United States with respiratory illness. This test will allow CDC to more rapidly test remaining specimens received from states since mid-September. Every year, enteroviruses and rhinoviruses cause …
Point Cook Vet Reveals: When, How and Where to Vaccinate Your Pet to Ensure a Longer, Healthier and Happier Life
10/13/2014 12:48:06 AM
VICTORIA, Australia October 2014 – Parvovirus, a highly contagious life-threatening viral illness that affects the gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular systems of canines, frequently breaks out in dogs that haven’t been vaccinated against it. Even with aggressive treatment, pups and adult dogs may not survive once infected. Like Parvovirus, Feline AIDS (FIV) is a highly …
Care Scaling Up Response to Halt Spread of Ebola
Care Scaling Up Response to Halt Spread of Ebola
10/11/2014 9:46:52 AM
Since the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, over 3,800 people have died, and more than 0,000 cases have been reported according to the World Health Organization . The Center for Disease Control warns that if the virus is not contained, there could be as many as 1.4 million people infected with Ebola by January 2015. “We are fighting an invisible enemy, and as a …
Lyme Patients Infiltrate IDWeek Medical Conference, Call on IDSA Members for Help
Lyme Patients Infiltrate IDWeek Medical Conference, Call on IDSA Members for Help
10/10/2014 4:26:42 PM
Lyme disease activists launched a back-to-back vigil and protest at the IDWeek medical conference to draw attention to their plight and call on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to update its controversial guidelines for Lyme. While dozens of activists and supporters converged on the convention center for the Friday evening vigil and Saturday protest, …
Residents of Puerto Rico Reminded that E. coli Hazards are not Just a Food Safety Concern
Residents of Puerto Rico Reminded that E. coli Hazards are not Just a Food Safety Concern
10/6/2014 11:27:42 AM
Most people are familiar with the large group of bacteria known as Escherichia coli ( E. coli ).  The organism’s name brings to mind safety concerns with food pathogens and outbreaks of foodborne illnesses to many.   E. coli are a type of bacteria found in the environment and the intestines of people and animals.  Although most strains of  E. coli  are harmless and some …
Are Your Fall Allergies Due to Indoor or Outdoor Allergens?
Are Your Fall Allergies Due to Indoor or Outdoor Allergens?
10/3/2014 4:59:04 PM
During the fall, cooler temperatures have many people spending additional time outdoors. Fall is also ragweed season, which causes misery for millions of people who are allergic to its pollen. In fact, ragweed is considered to be the most significant allergy trigger in the fall, although there are other plants that also release pollen during this time of year.  Depending on …
BHP Billiton Donates US$400,000 to Ebola Response in West Africa
10/3/2014 10:01:57 AM
In response to the widespread devastation caused by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities has donated US$400,000 to the Pooled World Health Organisation (WHO) Ebola Response fund. The contribution from BHP Billiton will provide immediate actions to support affected countries and will provide interventions in neighbouring at risk countries …
How You Can Help Prevent Spread of EV-D68 Virus
9/29/2014 4:08:39 PM
Enterovirus D68 has hit as many as 277 people in 40 states and the District of Columbia as of September 26, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The American Red Cross has some simple steps people can follow to help prevent the spread of the virus. Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to become ill from the virus. Enterovirus D68 …
Mold Concerns Force Closure of Hospital Ward in the Bahamas
Mold Concerns Force Closure of Hospital Ward in the Bahamas
9/29/2014 9:16:06 AM
Earlier this month, The Tribune published a report that a mold problem at the Princess Margaret Hospital’s delivery ward has resulted in its closure after healthcare workers complained of respiratory problems.  According to the article, the facility had been suffering from a leaky ceiling.   Moisture from a leak can quickly turn into a mold problem.  In fact, mold can …
Lyme Patients to Hold Candlelight Vigil to Commemorate Lives Lost
Lyme Patients to Hold Candlelight Vigil to Commemorate Lives Lost
9/29/2014 8:58:08 AM
PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Friday October 10th, chronically ill Lyme disease patients and supporters from around the United States will hold a candlelight vigil to honor those who lost their lives while battling chronic Lyme disease. The event is organized by The Mayday Project Lyme patient advocacy group. The vigil and a protest rally the following Saturday coincide with IDWeek, …
Biopharma’s Premier Sales-force–Focused Decision Support Tool Receives Key Industry Award
Biopharma’s Premier Sales-force–Focused Decision Support Tool Receives Key Industry Award
9/29/2014 7:00:00 AM
Yardley, PA— September 29, 2014— Publicis Touchpoint Solutions , Inc.— a leading provider of customized, cross-channel, healthcare sales, service, and clinical teams—announced today that T-App™, the industry’s premier sales-force–focused decision support tool, has been named Silver Winner in the Sales Aid category in PM360 ’s annual Trailblazer Awards program. The award …
NIH and FDA win top award for intellectual property licensing of meningitis vaccine
9/26/2014 4:47:44 PM
The National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will receive a top national award for the year’s most outstanding intellectual property licensing deal, for technology transfer of a pioneering, low-cost meningitis vaccine launched in sub-Saharan Africa. The 2014 Deals of Distinction Award will be presented to the two federal agencies and their …

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