fungal contamination determination News

  • Deadly Fungal Diseases Spread by Birds

    Cryptococcosis is a potentially deadly disease caused by Cryptococcus fungi.  The major species of Cryptococcus that causes illness in humans is Cryptococcus neoformans, which is found worldwide.  Since 1999, C. gattii, which can also cause infections, has also been found in regions of the Pacific Northwest.   C. neoformans typically ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Mold Test Kit Helps Tropical Storm Debby Victims Identify Fungal Contaminants

    Last week, Tropical Storm Debby left close to 2 feet of rain in parts of Florida as it slowly made its way across the state.  Neighboring states also received heavy rains and many areas hardest hit also experienced strong winds, flooding and even tornadoes.   As people begin repairing property damage from the storm they need to keep in mind that mold can begin growing in an indoor ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Steroid Injections Cause 11 Deaths, 119 Illnesses due to Fungal Meningitis

    After weeks of being unable to explain the rare, fatal form of meningitis sickening people across the country, medical authorities have determined that steroid injections contaminated with a fungus known as Aspergillus are the cause. The New York Times reports that an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University made the realization upon discovering what her patient did in the weeks ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • HVAC Inspections Reduces Allergens and Microbial Contaminants

    The building consulting experts at EC2 provide testing solutions for HVAC systems to determine if mold, particulates and other indoor air quality (IAQ) contaminants are present. With Labor Day behind us the summer is coming to a close.  Many HVAC systems have been running nonstop, but will soon be taking a break before they begin providing warm air to keep building occupants comfortable ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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.

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • EMSL analytical offers analysis for USP 797 samples

    EMSL Analytical, a leading provider of laboratory services, recently announced they have begun to analyze samples for USP 797. Issued by the US Pharmacopoeia (USP), USP 797 regulations provide a standard for all pharmacies that prepare ‘compounded sterile preparations’ (CSPs). Most pharmacies must comply with this regulation and many hospitals that operate pharmacies meeting the same criteria are ...


  • EMSL Analytical acquires BioHygiene Laboratories, Inc.

    EMSL Analytical, the leader in providing cutting edge laboratory testing services and products, is pleased to announce the acquisition of BioHygiene Laboratories of Torrance, California. The addition of the new laboratory continues EMSL’s calculated growth strategy and adds to the existing network of over 30 EMSL and LA Testing locations across the country. The laboratory will operate under the ...


  • EMSL Analytical acquires BioHygiene Laboratories, Inc.

    California microbiology laboratory joins the EMSL and LA Testing network.EMSL Analytical, the leader in providing cutting edge laboratory services and products, is pleased to announce the acquisition of BioHygiene Laboratories of Torrance, California. The addition of the new laboratory continues EMSL’s calculated growth strategy and adds to the existing network of over 30 EMSL and LA Testing ...


  • Candidiasis Infections Impact Midwest Healthcare Facilities

    Candidiasis is caused by fungal pathogens from the Candida genus.  Most infections are caused by Candida albicans, a type of fungus that grows both as a yeast and filamentous cells.   The ubiquitous fungi represent one of the most common fungal pathogens to affect the human population.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Indoor Environments in Puerto Rico where the Potential for Aspergillosis Infections are a Major Concern

    A common fungal pathogen can cause a potentially life-threatening condition known as aspergillosis. The culprit is a number of different species of Aspergillus, a fungus that can be found in the outdoor environment and is also frequently found in buildings that have suffered high humidity levels or water damage that has resulted in mold contamination.  It is ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • MMR Mold Stain Remover Tested by Leading Accredited Laboratory

    Several months ago, the manufacturer of MMR mold stain remover had their product put under the microscope.  Mold Solutions’ FastMoldRemoval.com subjected MMR mold stain remover to extensive laboratory tests that were conducted by Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc.   The purpose for the testing was to determine the effectiveness of MMR.  Three different types of fungi ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Chicago Residents Battle Fall Allergens

    The Illinois building consulting experts at EC2 provide testing solutions for allergens from mold spores and other indoor air quality (IAQ) contaminants.   More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies and Northern Illinois is no exception. Some sufferers experience short-term seasonal allergies, while a growing number experience chronic, year-round allergic reactions. ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Why More People Now Test the Air in their Homes, Schools and Offices

    During the last twenty years, people have become increasingly concerned about the quality of air they breathe indoors.  Both scientists and the general public have come to understand that many of the building materials, household furnishings and cleaning supplies used everyday can alter the air people breathe and impact their health.   Society has also become increasingly aware of the ...


    By IAQ Index

  • Outbreak of Shigellosis Occurs at Texas Elementary School

    Last month, a school district in San Antonio sent home a letter to parents informing them of multiple cases of a bacterial infection at one of the district’s elementary schools.  Parents were encouraged to keep sick children at home and the school reportedly took extra precautions to clean and sanitize classrooms and the school building.   The ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Toxic Crops and Zoonotic Disease: UNEP Identifies the Emerging Environmental Issues of Our Time

    From the worrying rise in zoonotic diseases around the world to an examination of how climate change is increasing the toxicity of crops, a UNEP report out today seeks to highlight a number of the world's key emerging environmental issues. UNEP's Frontiers report identifies, highlights and offers solutions to six emerging issues, including the threat to human health posed by the ...

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