Microorganisms such as viruses just don’t take a holiday. On Saturday morning November 7, Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak was finally declared over. In order to declare an outbreak over, the geographic area has to go through 2 incubation periods without a new case arrising. In the case of Ebola, the incubation period (this is the time from an exposure to a disease-causing agent and when symptoms first appear.) is between 1 and 21 days. Hence, Sierra Leone successfully completed 42 days without a new case. As the world anxiously waited for the declaration that Sierra Leone’s Ebola epidemic was over, we are just beginning our own epidemic, of sorts, of the most deadly of all airborne and upper-respiratory infections, but its not something as exotic as Ebola. It’s Influenza. The one predictable thing we can say about the flu virus is that it is unpredictable. It is in the Northern hemisphere that we expect a seasonal flu season from October to the end of March. That’s 6 months of flu season! The Southern hemisphere experiences flu season also- during their hottest and most humid months. Peculiar, isn’t it? Research is ongoing as to why we experience the flu during the cold months, and other parts of the world experience the exact opposite. Our season has just begun. Let’s get our facts straight about flu, how to prevent it, and how to mitigate it.Read More
Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog
If you run a successful foodservice operation that doesn’t automatically qualify you to do off-site work. Be sure to take your food safety program with you, including your hand hygiene program.Read More
Flu season is upon us once again. You may be sitting and wondering if and when you'll be affected...or infected. It's a virus that is so easy to contract from your family, co-workers, surfaces and even by sneezes and coughing, so it's best to be prepared. While the CDC recommends always getting an annual flu shot for best prevention, there are additional ways to get yourself "flu season ready". Here are 5 simple things you can do avoid getting the flu AND prevent the spread of the flu to others:
Even if hand hygiene may be considered as part of a more globally integrated approach to infection control, total absence of hygiene or suboptimal hand hygiene behaviour has always been a significant contributor to the spread of infectious diseases. We know that now but it has not always been the case. Education plays an important role as it is the “eye-opener” that we, human beings, need to realize how important it is to wash and sanitize our hands many times a day. A proof of that is that low socioeconomic status is generally recognized to be associated with low hand washing hygiene behaviour.
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are at the forefront of healthcare conversation and have a direct impact on hospitals’ bottom line. And no wonder – HAIs are one of the leading causes of deaths in the U.S., the fourth leading cause of death in Canada, and cost the industry billions of dollars a year.Read More