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Water Crisis in Flint Continues as Lead and Legionella Issues Have Residents on Edge
Water Crisis in Flint Continues as Lead and Legionella Issues Have Residents on Edge
2/11/2016 9:39:22 AM
Earlier this month, officials in Michigan began laying out their plans to address the water crisis in Flint. This follows an earlier declaration of a state of emergency for Genesee County and an ongoing multi-agency investigation into the water contamination that exposed thousands of people to elevated levels of lead.  The lead crisis began when the water utility began …
Legionella Found in a Florida Hospital’s Water
Legionella Found in a Florida Hospital’s Water
2/2/2016 10:16:24 AM
Earlier in January, a hospital located in Orlando, Florida tested positive for  Legionella.  Testing was conducted after a patient was discovered to be infected by  Legionella . According to hospital officials, the water system has been flushed by an outside company.  Legionella  is a type of bacteria that is commonly found in water and can occur naturally in the …
Buffalo Laboratory Receives CDC ELITE Certification for Legionella Testing
Buffalo Laboratory Receives CDC ELITE Certification for Legionella Testing
1/29/2016 10:13:21 AM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that its Buffalo laboratory received CDC ELITE certification for  Legionella  testing. EMSL now has 13 CDC ELITE laboratories within its network of facilities across North America, which is more than any other laboratory in the United States.   “We are very proud of EMSL Buffalo and our other 12 laboratories that are now CDC …
New Study Finds C. diff Infections Dramatically Increase Hospital Stays and Costs
New Study Finds C. diff Infections Dramatically Increase Hospital Stays and Costs
1/27/2016 10:42:03 AM
A new study recently published in the  American Journal of Infection Control  provides some remarkable insights into the health of patients and costs associated with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) due to  Clostridium difficile  ( C. diff ).  The study examined over 170,000 patients from 2009 through 2011 who had been discharged from hospitals across the United …
Six San Diego County Hospitals Receive Medicare Reimbursement Cuts Due to Infection Rates
Six San Diego County Hospitals Receive Medicare Reimbursement Cuts Due to Infection Rates
1/26/2016 12:56:12 PM
Last month,  The San Diego Union-Tribune  published an article about six San Diego County hospitals that have experienced a 1% Medicare reimbursement cut. The cuts were part of a new program administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that penalizes hospitals that rank poorly for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and other avoidable complications. …
Legionnaires’ Disease Increases in Flint along with Water Safety Concerns
Legionnaires’ Disease Increases in Flint along with Water Safety Concerns
1/22/2016 9:26:13 AM
In the two years after Flint, Michigan changed the source of their drinking water from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River, there has been an increase in Legionnaires’ disease in the county. As of November 2015, over 87 cases were reported, including the deaths of 10 residents.   Legionnaires’ disease occurs when aerosolized water containing  Legionella  is inhaled …
Lyme Patients to Call on Congress for Decisive Action on Epidemic
Lyme Patients to Call on Congress for Decisive Action on Epidemic
1/22/2016 1:43:32 AM
On January 26 - 27, a different kind of telethon will take place when Lyme patients and their supporters from coast to coast will make phone calls to their Congressional representatives demanding more attention be paid to the growing epidemic of Lyme disease—what many people believe to be the greatest threat to public health since the AIDS epidemic.   According to Debra …
Hospital Exposure Risks to Legionella Highlighted in Tragic California Case
Hospital Exposure Risks to Legionella Highlighted in Tragic California Case
1/20/2016 10:22:23 AM
Last month,  NBC News  published a report about the death of a young boy from Northern California. According to the report, the child was born with a rare genetic disorder that required a bone marrow transplant. Tragically, just days after a successful operation, the young child died.   The parents soon learned that their child did not die from the surgery or because of …
Cleanup Settlement Reached for Superfund Site in Los Angeles County
Cleanup Settlement Reached for Superfund Site in Los Angeles County
1/19/2016 9:24:03 AM
Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice announced that a group of 40 parties have agreed to conduct the cleanup of the Cooper Drum Superfund Site in South Gate. The settlement includes $22 million in new cleanup activities and reimbursements to the EPA for past cleanup activities.   South Gate is the 17th largest city …
Radon Action Month Reminds the Public to Test Homes for this Preventable Exposure Hazard
Radon Action Month Reminds the Public to Test Homes for this Preventable Exposure Hazard
1/13/2016 10:44:12 AM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. People cannot see, smell or taste radon. However, if it is present indoors at high levels, it can be a danger to building occupants.   Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air in homes …

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