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Recreational Water Illness Threatens Millions of California Pools & Hot Tubs
Recreational Water Illness Threatens Millions of California Pools & Hot Tubs
7/22/2014 9:18:10 AM
According to a report from 2013, California leads the nation in the number of hot tubs as well as residential and commercial pools.  Over 2.75 million of the pools and hot tubs can be found across the state.  They provide residents with the opportunity for exercise, relaxation and enjoyment. Although pools and hot tubs can provide many benefits, they can also harbor …
Legionnaires’ Disease Caused by Legionella pneumophila Serotypes 5 and 10
Legionnaires’ Disease Caused by Legionella pneumophila Serotypes 5 and 10
7/21/2014 4:51:53 PM
Earlier this month, China reported a case of Legionnaires’ disease in a 77-year-old man with existing illness that was caused by co-infection of both Legionella pneumophila serotype 5 and serotype 10. Legionnaires’ disease is a very serious form of pneumonia that has a high fatality rate especially in people with existing immunosuppression.  If the disease can be …
National Recall of Tattoo Ink, Needles & Kits Due to Microbial Contamination
National Recall of Tattoo Ink, Needles & Kits Due to Microbial Contamination
7/21/2014 10:10:19 AM
Last week, a California company, White & Blue Lion, Inc., recalled its tattoo ink and needles along with all tubes and ink cups as a result of pathogenic bacterial contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that the use of these infected products may cause a bacterial infection that can lead to sepsis, a potentially fatal complication of infection. …
PA Community Receives Warning of Giardia Cysts in Water
PA Community Receives Warning of Giardia Cysts in Water
7/18/2014 9:46:14 AM
Earlier this week, a Hazleton City Authority water tanker was put into place for the residents of the Stockton community in Hazle Township, PA, an area that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reported the presence of Giardia cysts in the non-permitted public water supply. Residents were advised to not use or boil the water and to find an alternate source for …
Soaring Tick Population Could Increase the Threat of Lyme Disease
Soaring Tick Population Could Increase the Threat of Lyme Disease
7/17/2014 10:32:03 AM
Last month, Fox News published a report about how conditions have been ideal this year for a higher than normal population of ticks in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region.  A wet winter and spring have created an environment conducive for ticks and the potential spread of Borrelia burgdorferi . Borrelia burgdorferi causes Lyme disease and humans can become infected …
San Diego Infections Possibly Linked to Contaminated Tattoo Ink
San Diego Infections Possibly Linked to Contaminated Tattoo Ink
7/15/2014 9:42:30 AM
Recently, San Diego’s Fox 5 broadcasted a report about several area residents that have been diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection.  The infections, caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), are being investigated by county health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the report, both the ink and water used to dilute it are …
Tools for Preventing & Fighting MRSA Infections
Tools for Preventing & Fighting MRSA Infections
7/11/2014 4:23:41 PM
Last month, CNN published a report that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved a new drug to treat Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.  The new drug is taken intravenously and is used for treating skin infections caused by MRSA.  It is reportedly the first drug labeled by the FDA as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product. MRSA …
LA Testing’s Pasadena Lab Now CDC ELITE Approved
LA Testing’s Pasadena Lab Now CDC ELITE Approved
7/11/2014 2:32:57 PM
LA Testing is proud to announce that its Pasadena laboratory has been certified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) Program. The ELITE Program allows laboratories to test Legionella isolation techniques against standardized samples. As a member of the program, LA Testing will have …
Missouri Aquatic Center Closes After Swimmer Contracts Cryptosporidium
Missouri Aquatic Center Closes After Swimmer Contracts Cryptosporidium
7/10/2014 3:53:33 PM
Earlier this month, the Manchester Aquatic Center closed after a swimmer who was diagnosed with Cryptosporidium recently used the pool. The St. Louis County Health Department reported that the swimmer did not contract the parasite from the pool, nevertheless, the facility shut down to undergo proper chemical treatment before reopening. Cryptosporidium is an intestinal …

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