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  • 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.

  • Identifying Exposure Risks to Microbial Contaminants in Metalworking Fluids in New York and the Tri-State Area

    In New York and across the tri-state region, numerous manufacturing companies depend on the use of metalworking fluids (MWFs). MWFs are used to reduce heat and friction and to remove metal particles in industrial machining and grinding operations.  There are a number of MWF formulations ranging from straight oils to water-based fluids, which include soluble oils, and semi-synthetic ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Sunscreen identified as major cause of coral bleaching

    New research highlights the harmful effects of sunscreens on coral reefs. The ultra-violet (UV) filters, used to protect skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure, caused bleaching of coral reefs even at very low levels. In areas exposed to high levels of human activity, sunscreens may now be posing a significant risk to marine life. Coral reefs are among the most biologically productive and ...

  • 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

  • Nursing Homes in Puerto Rico Rely on Zimmetry to Identify Environmental Pathogens

    Last month, the Columbia University School of Nursing published a news release about a study that found rising infection rates at nursing homes across the country.  After examining infections in nursing homes in the United States over a 5 year period, the study concluded that rates of a variety of infections are increasing, including those caused by multiple drug-resistant organisms (MDROs). ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Texas Indoor Air Quality Professionals Identify Legionella Risks

    In December, multiple media outlets reported on the tragic case of a Texas newborn who developed Legionnaires’ disease and passed away early last year.  The infant was born during a water birth that some health experts believe may have exposed the child to the bacteria that causes the disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Each ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Texas Building Science Professionals Identify Vapor Intrusion Issues for Healthy Indoor Environments

    Many people are aware of hazards to the air they breathe indoors due to such pollutants as mold, asbestos and radon.  Far fewer are familiar with potential risks due to a process known as vapor intrusion.    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Vapor intrusion generally occurs when there is a migration of volatile ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Speeding up E. coli detection

    A simple, automated method of tracking E. coli uses a laser to detect and monitor the microbe in potentially contaminated bodies of water or waterways. The technique, described this month in the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design could reduce the incidence of waterborne disease outbreaks. Bin Chen of Purdue University Calumet, and colleagues there and at the University ...

  • Microbial Toxins May be Present after a Flood or Sewage Backup

    When people discover that flooding or a sanitary sewer overflow has damaged their home of business the first thing people often think about is having the property cleaned as quickly as possible.� These types of flooding events can be devastating to families and businesses. The mess left behind is not only unsightly, but can harbor a host of microbial pathogens and even microbial ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EPA announces more than $9 million in beach grants to help protect swimmers

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making almost $10 million in grants available to 37 eligible coastal and Great Lakes states, territories and tribes to monitor beach water quality and notify the public of conditions that may be unsafe for swimming. “This funding will help states monitor their beaches and provide beachgoers with critical water quality information,” ...

  • Genes and GPS used to map spread of typhoid

    A combination of geographic and genetic data is showing how typhoid fever spreads, and could be used for mapping other disease patterns, a study has reported. Researchers used DNA sequencing, global positioning system (GPS) and Google Earth technologies to track typhoid transmission in Kathmandu, the rapidly growing capital city of Nepal, where thousands fall ill with typhoid fever each year. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Odor Investigations Resolve Complex Indoor Air Quality Problems

    The environmental and building consulting experts at EC2 provide inspection and odor investigation services to identify and resolve indoor odor problems. Complaints of strange odors in indoor environments are a common occurrence.  Most people have at one time or another walked into a room or building and have immediately noticed an unusual odor.  In many circumstances these mysterious ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Utilities and Water Companies Turn to Mycometer’s BactiQuant®Water Technology

    Water companies and various industries have been increasingly utilizing the BactiQuant®Water method developed by Mycometer to identify bacterial contaminants in water.  The BactiQuant®Water is a relatively new patented method that provides water companies and industry with a rapid method to estimate total bacteria in water samples. The method is well suited for HACCP systems and ...


    By Mycometer

  • Chinese drywall emitting strange odors and causing corrosion on copper-bearing materials reported

    EMSL Analytical has been busy identifying strange odors from drywall.As if the battered real estate market hasn’t been difficult enough on property owners, reports of drywall causing unpleasant odors and damage to building materials have surfaced. The problematic drywall, imported between 2004 and 2006, appears to be related to the presence of iron disulfide (FeS2 pyrite). Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), ...


  • Texas Residents with Immune System Deficiencies Cautioned to be on the Lookout for Indoor Mold

    Last week, Governor Gregg Abbott added dozens of counties to his emergency declaration due to flooding and heavy rains across Texas.  Countless homes and buildings have been damaged or destroyed by floodwaters and many others have suffered water damage due to leaking exteriors.   All of this moisture has residents on the lookout for mold growth in their ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • EHC site submitted for remediation technology innovation award

    The Adventus Group, a global environmental biotechnology enterprise, was pleased to have EHC included in an application for the 2008 Brownfield Briefing Remediation Innovation Awards, in the category of 'Best Use of a Combination of Remediation Techniques', during the Contaminated Land & Brownfield Remediation' Conference, held recently in London. Project details outlined ...


  • Residents Claim Maryland Apartment Complex Plagued by Mold and Raw Sewage

    Last month, the Baltimore Sun published a story about residents’ complaints of living conditions at Perrywood Garden Apartments.  The apartments, located in Perryman, Maryland, provide low-income living accommodations at the 184 unit complex.   According to the article, residents have complained about flooding, leaking sewage, bats, mold, an unsanitary pool, and other ...

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