Twelve Days of Waterborne Diseases: Escherichia coli Infections

https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/ecoli-prevention.html E. coli infections are most commonly associated with UTIs (urinary tract infections), but it can also cause enteric infection, invasive infection, and infection at other sites. UTIs are usually ascending infections, travelling from the perineum up through the urethra. Along with UTIs, E. coli can also cause prostatitis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). While…

Twelve Days of Waterborne Diseases: Cryptosporidiosis

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/crypto/index.html Cryptosporidium is an obligate, intracellular coccidian protozoa that replicates in small-bowl epithelial cells of a vertebrate host. The main mode of transmission is through contact with contaminated water. Occasionally it can be transmitted through contaminated food, but it is mostly through contaminated water. Cryptosporidium eggs come in two varieties, thick-walled and thin-walled. Thin-walled eggs…

Twelve Days of Waterborne Diseases: Campylobacteriosis

https://www.cdc.gov/campylobacter/index.html Campylobacter species are motile, curved, microaerophilic, gram-negative bacilli that normally inhabit the gastrointestinal tract of many domestic animals and fowl. Several species of campylobacter can infect humans, with most infections coming from contaminated food and water. The two main versions of campylobacter are C. jejuni and C. fetus. C. jejuni affects both healthy and…

Twelve Days of Waterborne Diseases: Acute External Otitis

https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/ear,-nose,-and-throat-disorders/external-ear-disorders/external-otitis-acute Acute External Otitis is an infection of the ear canal skin. This infection is most frequently caused by bacteria in water, but it can also be caused by fungus. However, the fungal variety is much less common. Acute External Otitis can be localized or a diffuse infection of the entire ear canal. The diffuse…

Covid and waterborne bacteria: How the pandemic is creating a perfect world for legionella.

Hospitals are full to the brim with people sick from Covid-19. This highly contagious respiratory infection is shutting down the world. Why is that good for legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires disease? Well, large building water systems are not meant to sit stagnant. Municipal disinfection runs low and biofilms build up in the pipes.…

Which waterborne pathogens are the most deadly?

Waterborne diseases have multiple routes of infection, including fecal-oral, contact, or inhalation. Coming into contact with a waterborne disease through any of the routes can cause illness in multiple body systems. There are 13 waterborne pathogens that cause the majority of illnesses in people. One you have probably heard of is E. coli. However, of…

What makes legionella so dangerous to humans?

Certain amoeba love snacking on the waterborne pathogen, legionella. However, over millions of years, legionella bacteria have evolved ways to combat becoming a meal for waterborne amoeba. This seems like a harmless way for legionella to thrive in its natural environment, it has also created a way for legionella to get around being stopped by…

STATES REOPENING FOR BUSINESS AFTER COVID-19 PANDEMIC SHUT DOWN: IS YOUR WATER SAFE?

STATES REOPENING FOR BUSINESS AFTER COVID-19 PANDEMIC SHUT DOWN: IS YOUR WATER SAFE? As the month of May 2020 begins, several states, including Florida, Georgia and Texas, are “re-opening” for business. Retail outlets, beauty salons, health clubs and places of worship are preparing to return to pre-pandemic operations in the coming days. OVER ONE MILLION…

After Coronavirus, Another Danger Awaits

COVID-19, LEGIONNAIRES’, PNEUMONIA: “’These are unprecedented times and never have so many buildings been closed for so long without any thought for bringing these buildings back into use, which if not facilitated correctly, could lead to a serious outbreak of Legionnaires disease just as the country ….recovers from COVID-19”, according to John Thompson, Chief Executive…

Bacteria in Surgery Scrub Rooms

PROTECT PATIENTS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS Water: Source and Vector of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) Infection risk in operating rooms and scrub rooms can be reduced by using AquaMedix inline and CleanSpray® POU filters. In all critical care units of hospitals and outpatient surgery centers, particularly operating room scrub rooms, keeping water free of potentially pathogenic…

Carbon Filters: “Serious” Contamination Risk Factor

Ice Machines Identified as Source of Infectious Bacteria Ice machines, commonly used in hospitals, clinics, restaurants and hotels, pose health risks. A series of scientific studies identified ice machines as a source of waterborne bacteria such as Legionella and Pseudomonas (causative bacteria for Legionnaires Disease and Pneumonia, respectively.) More than twenty years ago, a Legionnaire’s…

CDC: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Acinetobacter Acinetobacter is a bacteria found in potable water.  This bacteria can cause pneumonia, wound infections, blood and urinary tract infections. These infections tend to occur in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients, according to the CDC’s 2019 Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report. The CDC report summarizes the current threat level as “Urgent”. In 2017,…

Potentially Dangerous Bacteria Like Pseudomonas Lurk in Municipal Water Supplies

Bacterial infections due to Pseudomonas continue to cause deaths of newborn infants, children and adults. Infant Deaths In October, three infants died and five others became seriously ill from a Pseudomonas infection at the neonatal intensive care unit of a Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. A New York Times article on the Pennsylvania hospital outbreak quoted…