National Handwashing Awareness Week

By | December 5th, 2016|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified handwashing as the single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease. Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water will help protect you from getting sick with things like influenza, a cold, norovirus, and many other unpleasant infections. This week, we're [...]

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Arizona Making Progress Against Healthcare-Associated Infections

By | March 4th, 2016|Preparedness|

On March 3rd, the CDC released the National and State Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report for 2014 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data.  This annual report provides an update on previous reports, detailing state and national progress towards reducing, and ultimately eliminating, HAIs.   The infection types highlighted in the report include Central Line-Associated [...]

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Referee a Safe Super Bowl Party

By | February 2nd, 2012|Prevention|

When it comes to the Super Bowl, defense matters. When it comes to planning a Super Bowl XLV party, good defense against foodborne illness matters even more. Food Safety Playbook Fans should follow the food safety play book at the Super Bowl parties that they host. Large gatherings can increase the chance of becoming ill, [...]

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To Sample or Not to Sample…

By | November 22nd, 2011|Prevention|

…  is often the question when it comes to common indoor air quality questions or in response to a communicable disease outbreak (or diagnoses) in the workplace.  The answer is not to sample (almost without exception).  A good case study came up this week when a library and high school were closed after some environmental [...]

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An H1N1 Retrospective

By | June 9th, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

An article in last month’s New England Journal of Medicine provides a good summary of the public’s perception of the H1N1 response in an article called The Public's Response to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic.  It’s a comprehensive review of data from 20 national public opinion polls conducted between April 2009 and January 2010.   Early [...]

Clostridium difficile

By | April 28th, 2010|Licensing, Preparedness, Prevention|

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has discovered a pretty significant outbreak of a bacteria called Clostridium difficile this week.  This organism can cause severe diarrheal illness, and is commonly associated with antibiotic use and healthcare facilities.  Most people who come into contact with Clostridium difficile do not develop disease.  Being on long-term antibiotics [...]

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