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  • Sewage Contamination from Flooding –Bacterial or Viral?

    The Northeast is preparing for a major hurricane through Sunday.  One of the biggest problems encountered in the aftermath of a hurricane is sewage contaminated storm water and drinking water.  The contamination is from human and animal bacterial and viral sources due to sewage treatment plant failures and storm water overflows.  Contamination from bacteria and viruses are ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Bacterial Infections Linked to Contaminated Tattoo Ink

    Cinnaminson, NJ, September 10th, 2012 Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report about tattoo-associated nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) skin infections.  The report came after four states reported similar occurrences.  New York, Washington, Iowa and Colorado all reported cases.  In New York alone, health officials received ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Increase in Bacterial Infections in Texas Likely Associated with Flooded Properties

    The last few months have brought flooding to many parts of Texas and there are now reports of increasing infection rates due to microbial pathogens commonly associated with feces.  Just this month, KRGV broadcast a report about a dramatic increase in the number of cases of campylobacteriosis across the state.    In Hidalgo County alone, the Texas ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Study: E.coli contamination found on half of shopping carts

    On your next trip to the grocery store, be aware, much more than groceries may be riding in your shopping cart. More bacteria exists in these carts than in public bathrooms or on a city bus, and children may be the most at risk. It's probably overlooked by many, but according to new research, the amount of harmful bacteria on grocery shopping carts is enough to raise quite the concern. ...

  • Contamination concern grows over private water supplies

    Water supply specialists are urging farmers to monitor their private water supply for possible contamination now that flood waters have receded.  Flood water in a private water supply can cause increased susceptibility to iron related bacteria as well as stimulate bacterial activity if it is already present. Iron bacteria is one of the most common contamination problems in private water ...


    By Geoquip Water Solutions

  • Manufacturer of Contaminated Medical Wipes Begins Reopening Process

    Last year, it was reported that the deaths of 11 people, including a 2 year old Houston boy that died of an infection, were linked to microbial contamination issues with medical wipes.  The infection, caused by a type of bacteria, resulted in the recall of tens of millions of pads and swabs. One of the companies involved with manufacturing the wipes has recently been given the Food and Drug ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Testing laboratory offers Chinese drywall testing options

    EMSL Analytical offers several options for testing suspect materials.Reports of drywall causing unpleasant odors and damage to building materials have surfaced in the past year. The problematic drywall, imported between 2004 and 2006, appears to be related to the presence of iron disulfide (FeS2 pyrite). Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbonyl sulfide, sulfur dioxide (SO2), and carbon disulfide (CS2) ...


  • Testing Laboratory offers Chinese drywall testing options

    EMSL Analytical offers several options for testing suspect materials. Reports of drywall causing unpleasant odors and damage to building materials have surfaced in the past year. The problematic drywall, imported between 2004 and 2006, appears to be related to the presence of iron disulfide (FeS2 pyrite). Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbonyl sulfide, sulfur dioxide (SO2), and carbon disulfide (CS2) ...


  • Testing UK Floodwater with the BBC

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26169373 The water running thigh deep through Ham Sandhu's house in Wraysbury in Berkshire is freezing cold and murky. Floating around in his kitchen is a toy car and a pair of slippers. Clunking gently together near the sink are two rubbish bins. "I brought them in here," he says, "so they didn't drift away." An unpleasant smell thickens the ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • Ceramic water purifier testing

    An article published in the Journal of Water and Health describes the testing of low-cost ceramic water purifiers (CWPs) for their effectiveness in treating drinking water in Cambodia. Laboratory results indicate that the locally produced CWPs achieved reductions of E. coli of approximately 99%. Over 1 billion people worldwide lack access to improved ...

  • Defective Drywall from China may also be Contaminated with bacteria and fungi

    During the last year there have been numerous media reports about imported Chinese drywall causing unpleasant odors, damaging building materials and causing illnesses. On Sunday an expert on building inspections announced at a conference in Orlando that the defective drywall is also full of bacteria and fungus.According to some reports the defective drywall is in as many as 100,000 homes ...


  • Government Warns Against Visiting Lake Superior due to E. coli Contamination

    The Minnesota Department of Health has detected high levels of E.coli bacteria in the water at numerous beaches along the shore of Lake Superior. The contamination was detected during a weekly routine inspection, and the Department of Health has recommended no contact with the water at 42nd Avenue East Beach and Brighton Beach in East Duluth. High levels of bacteria were also detected ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Contaminated IV Solution Points to Need for USP 797 Implementation and Compliance

    CNN recently reported that nineteen patients in six Alabama hospitals became infected with the bacterium Serratia marcescens after receiving contaminated intravenous total parenteral nutrition (TPN).  Nine of the 19 patients have died.  Investigators are working to determine if the infection from the bacterium found inside the IV bags of TPN solution is directly responsible for the ...


    By EMLab P&K

  • Fungal Contamination of Pharmaceutical Products Leads to 33 Eye Infections

    Health authorities reported that a tainted dye and injection used during eye surgeries caused 33 cases of rare fungal eye infections. The products were made by the same Florida pharmacy, Franck’s Compounding Lab, that produced the supplements responsible for killing 21 elite polo horses in 2009.   All patients with the infections had undergone either eye surgeries or injections. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Sterile Prescriptions Recalled after FDA Finds Company’s Clean Room Contaminated

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected the presence of microorganisms in the clean room of Franck’s Compounding Lab, which has initiated a recall of all sterile human and veterinary prescription products that it distributed.   The recall applies to all sterile preparations from the Florida-based company since November 21, 2011.   The compounding laboratory ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mold and Bacteria Contamination in Personal Care Product Prompts FDA Recall

    Westone Laboratories, Inc. has announced the recall of all sizes and packaging configurations of Oto-Ease® ear lubricant due to its potential contamination of pathogenic bacteria and mold. Oto-Ease is an ear lubricant used for easing the insertion of custom ear molds and hearing aids.  Although no injuries or illnesses have yet been reported, the recalled product could potentially cause ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Cosmetics testing ensures safety for the public

    Drugs, medical devices and biologics are all regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they go to market. Cosmetics, on the other hand, are not subject to FDA premarket approval. Cosmetic firms are responsible for substantiating the safety of their ingredients and products. According to the FDA website, “The two most important laws pertaining to cosmetics marketed in the ...


  • Rhodococcus bacteria can help clean up fuel-contaminated sites

    Fuel spillages and leaks from petroleum storage facilities can lead to serious pollution of soils and underground water. In a recent study, two strains of Rhodococcus bacteria were found to be effective at degrading a number of petroleum hydrocarbons and thus helping clean up contaminated sites. Fuels can be significant pollutants of soils and groundwater, especially around fuel storage ...

  • Sewage Contamination in Buildings can Expose People to Microbial Toxins

    California residents are used to hearing about beach closures due to sewage spills and high bacteria counts in the water off of the state’s famous beaches.  Raw sewage can contain a host of potentially harmful substances, including: viruses, bacteria, protozoa, parasites, and fungi.   Just as health professionals take sewage in the beaches serious, people who have experienced a ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • System monitors for drinking water contamination on-line and in real time

    INTRODUCING WISE® Water Infrastructure Sensing Equipment On-line, real-time, chemical and biological water contamination detection   Drinking water systems are vulnerable to chemical spills, pollution, natural and man-made disasters, and acts of terrorism.  Until WISE™, there has never been a single, integrated system capable of detecting and reporting biological and chemical ...


    By ECSI International, Inc.

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