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Are NDM-Producing CRE Infections Spreading Outside of Healthcare Settings?
Are NDM-Producing CRE Infections Spreading Outside of Healthcare Settings?
2/23/2017 10:19:49 AM
In December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published information about six patients in Colorado who are believed to have acquired community-associated, New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM) producing Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).
Over 100 LAPD Officers and Employees from the Same Station File Worker Compensation Claims Due to Respiratory Concerns
Over 100 LAPD Officers and Employees from the Same Station File Worker Compensation Claims Due to Respiratory Concerns
2/22/2017 10:44:41 AM
Last month, the  Los Angeles Times  published a report about health concerns at one of the city’s police stations. According to the article, over 100 police officers and civilian employees have filed worker compensation claims due to concern about respiratory issues and unsanitary conditions.
Potential Community-Acquired MRSA Infections Investigated in California Beach Community
Potential Community-Acquired MRSA Infections Investigated in California Beach Community
2/20/2017 3:37:11 PM
Over recent months, there have been several published reports about concerns over antibiotic-resistant infections in California. In December,  LA Weekly  reported that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health was investigating reports of the possibility of multiple cases of infections due to Methicillin-resistant  Staphylococcus aureus  (MRSA).
Legionnaires’ Disease Discovered at a California Nursing Home
Legionnaires’ Disease Discovered at a California Nursing Home
2/16/2017 10:02:56 AM
A resident from a California nursing home tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease. A local news station reported that the facility shut off access to the water supply under the direction of state and local health officials as well as supplied bottled water and ordered new shower heads after  Legionella  species were identified in multiple areas of the nursing home.
Legionella Discovered at a Hospital in Pennsylvania
Legionella Discovered at a Hospital in Pennsylvania
2/14/2017 8:42:39 AM
In January, a hospital in the state of Pennsylvania discovered that  Legionella  was present in multiple water sources after routine testing. While no cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported following the latest findings, the same hospital had a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak a few years ago that infected approximately 22 patients and claimed the lives of five …
Tennessee Residents Concerned Over Some Yards Possibly Contaminated with Lead
Tennessee Residents Concerned Over Some Yards Possibly Contaminated with Lead
2/13/2017 10:53:15 AM
Recently, several media outlets in Chattanooga, Tennessee, broadcasted reports about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Department of Health holding a public meeting with residents of several of the city’s neighborhoods.
Identifying Hazardous Fumes to Protect the Health and Safety of Welders
Identifying Hazardous Fumes to Protect the Health and Safety of Welders
2/10/2017 8:37:37 AM
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) describes welding, cutting and brazing as hazardous activities that pose a unique combination of both safety and health risks to more than 500,000 workers.
Mold Exposure in Hospital Harms Patients
Mold Exposure in Hospital Harms Patients
2/7/2017 10:39:59 AM
This month, KDKA-TV News broadcasted a story about a mold outbreak at a hospital in the state of Pennsylvania. Following a recent development in the case, it was reported that the company hired to launder the hospital’s linens had the same type of mold at their facilities as the mold that led to the deaths of five infected patients.
Cryptosporidium Detected in Portland’s Water Supply
Cryptosporidium Detected in Portland’s Water Supply
2/7/2017 10:24:24 AM
In January, Portland’s Water Bureau detected low levels of  Cryptosporidium  (Crypto) in the primary water supply of the city and reported that the amount of microorganism that were found did not pose any risks to the public’s health.
Identifying and Preventing Occupational and Environmental Exposure Risks to Antimony
Identifying and Preventing Occupational and Environmental Exposure Risks to Antimony
1/25/2017 9:58:07 AM
Antimony is a silvery-white metal that is found in the earth’s crust. Although the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) reports that little antimony is currently mined in the United States, it is brought into the country from other places for processing.

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