Residents of an inner Hobart suburb may not be able to drink water straight out of the tap until the weekend after E. coli was found in their water supply. A boil water alert was issued for South Hobart on Wednesday night after the bacteria was detected during routine testing. TasWater manager Lance Stapleton said on Thursday the problem had been fixed but water wasn't yet safe to drink. "We're anticipating the alert will be lifted some time over the weekend," he said. Around 1000 homes and businesses have been affected. It is the second time a boil water alert has been issued for Hobart in six months after Risdon Vale residents were told to do the same in November. The South Hobart problem was
April 26 (UPI) -- The European Commission on Thursday urged its member nations to cooperate more closely in reducing diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has reported that several European Union countries, including Romania, Italy and Ukraine, are facing high outbreaks of measles, a highly contagious and sometimes fatal disease. "Infectious diseases are not confined within national borders," Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU commissioner for Health and Food Safety" said in an European Commission news release. "One member state's immunization weakness puts the health and security of citizens at risk across the EU. Cooperating in this area
A first-of-its-kind report out of the Oregon Health Authority shows gonorrhea infections are higher than they should be and that the public water system needs to improve. The findings are important, but the report's main aim is to establish a baseline by which future health improvements can be measured. The idea comes from Oregon's system of coordinated care organizations. For the last five years, those CCOs have published annual health care metrics that include everything from immunization rates to tobacco use. As a result, they've been able to compare their progress against one another. The effect has been that health outcomes across the CCOs have improved and costs have gone down. Now, the
Arua — Nineteen people have so far been infected following the outbreak of the deadly anthrax in Arua District. The disease was first reported in Rhino Camp refugee settlement and one has so far died since the outbreak was confirmed by the Uganda Virus Research Institute last month. The district veterinary officer, Dr Willy Nguma, said: "It is unfortunate that the ministry and other partners have been silent on this outbreak. The farmers do not have the drugs for vaccinating their animals. And so far there is one more serious case of human infection where the person is undergoing treatment at Pawor Health Centre." The disease has now spread to Odupi and Pawor sub-counties and there is fear that
The federal government has taken the first steps toward developing national standards around the manufacture, sale and use of barbecue brushes after at least nine people ingested detached metal bristles last year. A request for proposals from the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) went out Wednesday morning, seeking an outside contractor to help with the development of a National Standard of Canada for the brushes, which would define the characteristics of the barbecue tools, and include minimum specifications for materials, construction, labelling and testing procedures. “In 2017, at least nine incidents of Canadians ingesting wire bristles from barbecue brushes were reported, creating an outcry
When the lights come on, hundreds of thousands of shrink-wrapped boxes of medicines emerge from the gloom, stacked on shelves nearly five stories high. It and several others across the country are part of the $7 billion Strategic National Stockpile, a government repository of drugs and supplies ready for deployment in a bioterrorism or nuclear attack, or against an infectious disease outbreak — of either a known pathogen or some unknown threat with pandemic potential, which global health officials dub "Disease X" — or other major public health emergency. There are antibiotics, including the powerful medication Ciprofloxacin, vaccines for smallpox and anthrax, and antivirals for a deadly influenza pandemic.
US demand for all types of food safety products is forecast to grow 4.9% annually CLEVELAND , April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Demand for disinfection products used in food safety, including chemical disinfectants ...
FAIRFIELD (CBS13) — Public health officials in Solano County are investigating a case of tuberculosis at Laurel Creek Elementary School. Parents received a letter on Monday informing them of the situation. “Um, I'm a little disturbed,” said Jermel Teal, a father of two. A spokesperson for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District told CBS13 the school found out about the case of tuberculosis last Wednesday. Now the district is working with Solano County Public Health to identify anyone who may have had contact with the infected person. “I wasn't shocked because they already said there was an outbreak in Fairfield,” Teal said. The district's letter doesn't specify who was infected but does
If an earthquake were to strike, or a large disease outbreak would occur, how ready would Nevada be to take on such a disaster? According to new data, Nevada -- and the entire Mountain West region -- lags behind the rest of the country when it comes to managing community health emergencies. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the results of the 2018 National Health Security Preparedness index, which found Nevada scored 6.4 on a 10-point scale for preparedness, compared to 7.1 for the United States as a whole. The Index analyzes 140 measures—such as the percentage of bridges that are in good or fair condition, the number of pediatricians, and flu vaccination rates—to calculate a composite
When it comes to infectious diseases, we must always be prepared for the unexpected. From the emergence of HIV/AIDS decades ago to the recent spread of Zika virus across the Americas, we continually see unknown diseases emerge and familiar diseases unpredictably re-emerge. Influenza, however, has remained a consistent threat for centuries. As this year's flu season winds down, manufacturers already are preparing updated vaccines for the upcoming flu season this fall and winter. While seasonal flu vaccines are important public health tools, our current approach can leave us one step behind the ever-changing influenza virus. Therefore, scientists at academic institutions, private companies and