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  • Why is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Important?

    The week before Memorial Day (May 20–26, 2019) is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. The goal of this awareness week is to maximize the health benefits of swimming by minimizing the risk of illness and injury. Just 2.5 hours of physical activity every week, including water-based physical activity, can benefit everyone’s health. Each of us plays a role in preventing illnesses and injuries linked to the water we swim, play, relax in, and share. Swimming is a fun, healthy way to stay physically active and spend quality time with family and friends. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

    Why Is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Important?

    Injuries caused by mishandling pool chemicals:
    Pool chemicals are added to maintain water quality (for example, to kill germs). Each year, however, mishandling pool chemicals when treating public or residential/backyard pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds leads to 3,000–5,000 visits to U.S. emergency departments.
    For more info, visit CDCs Pool Chemical Info.

    Illnesses caused by the germs in pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds:
    During 2000–2014, nearly 500 outbreaks were linked to pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds. Most of the outbreaks were caused by germs Cryptosporidium (or “Crypto”), Legionella, or Pseudomonas. Healthy swimming is not just about the steps pool operators and pool inspectors take—so let’s all do our part to help keep ourselves, our families, and our friends healthy.
    For more info, visit CDCs Healthy Swimming Info.

    Drowning:
    Each day, two children younger than 14 years old die from drowning. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children 1–4 years old. we want to remind you about drowning prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury or death in children under the age of 5. Drowning can be quick and silent. It's a fallacy that the act of drowning is accompanies by screams or splashing, making proactive prevention crucial. To help prevent drownings, please remember to have active adult supervision, never swim alone, make sure your pool is fenced with self-closing/latching gates, and most of all keep a Pool / Lifeguard First Aid Kit on hand.
    For more info, visit CDCs Water Injuries Info.

    Harmful algal blooms:
    Algae can grow in warm, nutrient-rich fresh- and marine water. An abundant growth of algae that harms people or animals is referred to as a harmful algal bloom (HAB). HABs in fresh- and marine water can produce toxins that cause a variety of symptoms including skin irritation, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, stomach pain, numbness, and dizziness. Symptoms vary depending on the type of HAB toxin and the type of exposure, such as skin contact, ingestion by eating food or drinking water contaminated with HAB toxins, or breathing in tiny droplets or mist contaminated with HAB toxins.
    For more info, visit CDCs HAB Toxin Info

    Naegleria fowleri “the brain-eating ameba”:
    Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic ameba (a singlecelled living organism) that is commonly found in warm freshwater such as in lakes, rivers, and hot springs. If water containing the ameba goes up the nose forcefully, the ameba can invade and cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).
    For more info, visit CDCs Naegleria Info

  • A Snapshot: Diabetes In The United States 

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  • Take the prediabetes quiz to see if you’re at risk

    • About 86 million American adults have prediabetes, but 90% of them don’t know it!

      A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. He or she is at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease, and stroke. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

       

      A person with certain risk factors is more likely to develop prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. These risk factors include: age, especially after 45 years of age; being overweight or obese; a Indian family cookingfamily history of diabetes; having an African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander racial or ethnic background; a history of diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or having given birth to a baby weighing nine pounds or more; and being physically active less than three times a week.

      Could you have prediabetes? Take the quiz and find out if you are at risk. Click on the prediabetes test widget on the right hand side of this page and answer the seven questions to get your prediabetes score.

      If you do have prediabetes, research shows that doing just two things can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes: Lose 5% to 7% of your body weight, which would be 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person; and get at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity, such as brisk walking.

  • Consumer Reports Recommends Natrapel Three Years in a Row!

    It is bug season - the CDC recommends Picaridin, and Consumer Reports recommends Natrapel with Picaridin!

    It's about time - a DEET-free insect repellent that really works! Natrapel 8-hour provides 8+ hours of protection from biting insects and ticks, thanks to its CDC-recommended 20 percent Picaridin formula. Unlike ineffective DEET alternatives, Picaridin is the only formula that consistently shows equal or better performance than DEET in independent, clinical tests. Even better, Natrapel 8-hour is completely safe on gear and will not melt jackets, fishing line, and other synthetic materials. It's about time - a DEET-free insect repellent that really works! Natrapel 8-hour provides 8+ hours of protection from biting insects and ticks, thanks to its CDC-recommended 20 percent Picaridin formula. Unlike ineffective DEET alternatives, Picaridin is the only formula that consistently shows equal or better performance than DEET in independent, clinical tests. Even better, Natrapel 8-hour is completely safe on gear and will not melt jackets, fishing line, and other synthetic materials.

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  • Americans are living longer but unhealthier than ever

    The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 2014 National Health Report concludes that Americans are living longer than ever, but unhealthy behaviors and related risks continue to diminish their overall health.

    Americans are living longer than ever before. With over 50% of the US population now over the age of 50... aging concerns and long term health profiles are becoming ever more important considerations. Life expectancy is now almost 79 years. Children born Today have a life expectancy of 120 years!

    AgingThe CDC National Health Report 2014 offers a snapshot of our nation’s health, highlighting recent successes and challenges in fighting critical health problems in the United States. One interesting, although not surprising fact from the report is that 1 in 4 adults are still smoking and 1 in 3 adults are considered clinically obese, resulting in heart disease and cancer remaining the top two causes of death in the US.

    The 2014 Health Report report includes recent trend data on life expectancy, common causes of death, and health behaviors. The 2014 report suggests that more work is needed to ensure that all Americans can achieve optimum health.

    Good Reads:

    Fun stuff: The CDC National Health Report web site offers quick access to key resources and tools to advance public health work. You can use the National Health Report dashboards to view our nation’s progress for 18 different health issues and find tools to drive success.

  • Is Ebola Airborne?

    You've heard the rumors... "Ebola is Airborne"... is it true?

    As of the time of this article - according to both the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO): No.

    You may have received emails, or read "News" claiming that "The CDC and CIDRAP have admitted that Ebola is now airborne." Sorry... we call this a Whole Buncha BULL PUCKY (well, we didn't actually say "Pucky", but it looks better in print this way.)

    Ebola-FreaksOK - we know many of our readers are concerned... and we are getting a huge volume of calls from customers wanting to purchase Ebola Prevention Products and Ebola Protection Kits, but please keep in mind that media will hype anything for ratings and circulation. Social Media will take a rumor or misread a statement, and turn it into "fact". The Ebola Epidemic is bad - let's not contribute to making it sound yet worse. Don't go viral with virus misinformation. At present, the threat of infection in the US is minuscule.

    "Scare-Mongers" are touting vulnerability and trying to build up the threat to vast proportions. True, it is the largest Ebola Outbreak in History. True, over 4,000 have died in Africa. But put this into proportion - this is primarily three countries of a continent so large it could fit the land masses of the US, India, Japan, Mexico, China, Iberia and both Eastern and Western Europe within its borders!

    But are you at risk? Highly improbable at present. Is Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever an Airborne Pathogen? No. Should you take precautions? Maybe... read on:

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    The CDC (as of Today) states unequivocally:

    • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water

    WHO states:

    The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit.

    The Ebola virus has also been detected in breast milk, urine and semen. In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70 days; one study suggests persistence for more than 90 days.

    Saliva and tears may also carry some risk. However, the studies implicating these additional bodily fluids were extremely limited in sample size and the science is inconclusive. In studies of saliva, the virus was found most frequently in patients at a severe stage of illness. The whole live virus has never been isolated from sweat.

    The Ebola virus can also be transmitted indirectly, by contact with previously contaminated surfaces and objects. The risk of transmission from these surfaces is low and can be reduced even further by appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures.

    Not an airborne virus

    Ebola virus disease is not an airborne infection. Airborne spread among humans implies inhalation of an infectious dose of virus from a suspended cloud of small dried droplets.

    Ebola-ScareThis mode of transmission has not been observed during extensive studies of the Ebola virus over several decades.

    Common sense and observation tell us that spread of the virus via coughing or sneezing is rare, if it happens at all. Epidemiological data emerging from the outbreak are not consistent with the pattern of spread seen with airborne viruses, like those that cause measles and chickenpox, or the airborne bacterium that causes tuberculosis.

    Theoretically, wet and bigger droplets from a heavily infected individual, who has respiratory symptoms caused by other conditions or who vomits violently, could transmit the virus – over a short distance – to another nearby person.

    This could happen when virus-laden heavy droplets are directly propelled, by coughing or sneezing (which does not mean airborne transmission) onto the mucus membranes or skin with cuts or abrasions of another person.

    WHO is not aware of any studies that actually document this mode of transmission. On the contrary, good quality studies from previous Ebola outbreaks show that all cases were infected by direct close contact with symptomatic patients.

    No evidence that viral diseases change their mode of transmission

    Moreover, scientists are unaware of any virus that has dramatically changed its mode of transmission. For example, the H5N1 avian influenza virus, which has caused sporadic human cases since 1997, is now endemic in chickens and ducks in large parts of Asia.

    That virus has probably circulated through many billions of birds for at least two decades. Its mode of transmission remains basically unchanged.

    Speculation that Ebola virus disease might mutate into a form that could easily spread among humans through the air is just that: speculation, unsubstantiated by any evidence.

    This kind of speculation is unfounded but understandable as health officials race to catch up with this fast-moving and rapidly evolving outbreak.

    To stop this outbreak, more needs to be done to implement – on a much larger scale – well-known protective and preventive measures. Abundant evidence has documented their effectiveness.

    What are the protective measures recommended by CDC and WHO to avoid the spread of Ebola HF, and more importantly to each of you, to avoid contracting this deadly disease?

    Should you take precautions? Maybe.

    As noted, risk of infection in the US is infinitesimal right now, however... if you may come into contact with an infected person, or enter an area where infection has been present... then be smart. Another consideration is that due to "fear-mongering" as noted above, supplies are likely to run low. We saw this with Swine Flu and Avian Flu Pandemics.. panic set it and gear ran out. People hoarded. If you are concerned that the Ebola HF epidemic may escalate or contagion may spread in your area, then you may want to get some Ebola Protective Supplies now while they are available... most these items have long or indefinite shelf lives, and can always be put to use for other purposes later if unused for the current concern.

    Precautionary Measures for Ebola:

    Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with

    • blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
    • objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
    • infected animals
    • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats. There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus. Only mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus.

    Some Basic Precautions:

    • Practice careful hygiene. For example, wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid contact with blood and body fluids.
    • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids (such as clothes, bedding, needles, and medical equipment).
    • Wear protective clothing, including masks, gloves, gowns, and eye protection around anyone infected, or even suspected of infection with Ebola Virus.
    • Avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
    • Avoid contact with bats and nonhuman primates or blood, fluids, and raw meat prepared from these animals.

    Healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at the highest risk of getting sick because they may come in contact with infected blood or body fluids of sick patients.

    • Practice proper infection control and sterilization measures.
    • Isolate patients with Ebola from other patients.
    • Avoid direct contact with the bodies of people who have died from Ebola.
    • Notify health officials if you have had direct contact with the blood or body fluids, such as but not limited to, feces, saliva, urine, vomit, and semen of a person who is sick with Ebola. The virus can enter the body through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth

    During outbreaks of Ebola, the disease can spread quickly within healthcare settings (such as a clinic or hospital). Exposure to Ebola can occur in healthcare settings where hospital staff are not wearing appropriate protective equipment, including masks, gowns, and gloves and eye protection.

    Dedicated medical equipment (preferable disposable, when possible) should be used by healthcare personnel providing patient care. Proper cleaning and disposal of instruments, such as needles and syringes, is also important. If instruments are not disposable, they must be sterilized before being used again. Without adequate sterilization of the instruments, virus transmission can continue and amplify an outbreak.

    American Red Cross Germ Guard Personal Protection Packs, N95 Particulate Respirators (N-95 Masks), Procedural Masks, Surgical Masks & Protective Bird Flu Kit.
    Sanizide Plus environmental surface germicidal solution, available in spray bottles and gallon jugs. Proven effective against a wide variety of bacterial and viral pathogens.
    Safetec Personal Antimicrobial Wipes available bulk or boxed - Dispenser canister of SaniZide Plus Germicidal Wipes. Tough microbe killing substances such as Cholroxylenol (PCMX) and Ethyl Alcohol.
    Personal Germicidal Wipes individually wrapped and in dispenser canisters - SaniZide Plus Germicidal Wipes - These pre-saturated, hard surface wipes kill TB, MRSA, VRE, E Coli and more in 10 minutes and HIV-1 in 2 minutes.
    Personal Protection, PPE, Bloodborne Pathogen kits, Bodily Fluid Spill Kits, and BBP kits supplies including Gloves, Bonnets, Face Shields and other bloodborne pathogen cleanup kit items to protect rescuers from Blood and OPIM.
    Disposable Gowns, Disposable Shoe Covers, bonnets, masks and eye shield - designed to protect rescuers attending to causalities or cleaning up bodily fluids and bio-hazardous materials.
    Personal Protection from exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens and Bodily Fluid Spill, Gloves, Disposable Shoe Covers & Masks.
    Sharps Disposal Containers available in 1 Quart and 5 Quart sizes as well as wire and lockable wall brackets for sharps containers. SharpSentinel containers designed to provide cost-effective sharps disposal together with the safety features you require.
    SaniZide solutions and Antiseptic Bio Hand Cleaner Gel available in bottles and sprays. Kills Bacteria and Fights Infections.
    From the American Red Cross Fluid Spill Emergency Responder Pack to Biohazard Scoops, Biohazard Bags, and Disposable Towels - we have the bodily fluid spill clean up products you need.
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  • Free CDC Video about the Largest Ebola Outbreak in History

    This Free Ebola Video From the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) describes contact tracing, a method used by CDC and partners to identify new Ebola cases quickly and isolate patients as soon as they show symptoms, preventing spread to others. The video demonstrates how even one missed contact can keep Ebola spreading and that careful tracing of contacts and isolating new cases can stop the outbreak.

    BIOHZD2Remember that Ebola is transferred through blood-to-blood, and mucous membrane contact (eyes, nose, mouth) - if you may come into contact with an infected person, wash, sanitize, and cover up.

    Read more about Ebola - 4,000 die from EbolaEbola Surge - Ebola PanicEbola in the USAQuestions and Answers on EbolaEBOLA US Prevention, Protection and Information

    American Red Cross Germ Guard Personal Protection Packs, N95 Particulate Respirators (N-95 Masks), Procedural Masks, Surgical Masks & Protective Bird Flu Kit.
    Sanizide Plus environmental surface germicidal solution, available in spray bottles and gallon jugs. Proven effective against a wide variety of bacterial and viral pathogens.
    Safetec Personal Antimicrobial Wipes available bulk or boxed - Dispenser canister of SaniZide Plus Germicidal Wipes. Tough microbe killing substances such as Cholroxylenol (PCMX) and Ethyl Alcohol.
    Personal Germicidal Wipes individually wrapped and in dispenser canisters - SaniZide Plus Germicidal Wipes - These pre-saturated, hard surface wipes kill TB, MRSA, VRE, E Coli and more in 10 minutes and HIV-1 in 2 minutes.
    Personal Protection, PPE, Bloodborne Pathogen kits, Bodily Fluid Spill Kits, and BBP kits supplies including Gloves, Bonnets, Face Shields and other bloodborne pathogen cleanup kit items to protect rescuers from Blood and OPIM.
    Disposable Gowns, Disposable Shoe Covers, bonnets, masks and eye shield - designed to protect rescuers attending to causalities or cleaning up bodily fluids and bio-hazardous materials.
    Personal Protection from exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens and Bodily Fluid Spill, Gloves, Disposable Shoe Covers & Masks.
    Sharps Disposal Containers available in 1 Quart and 5 Quart sizes as well as wire and lockable wall brackets for sharps containers. SharpSentinel containers designed to provide cost-effective sharps disposal together with the safety features you require.
    SaniZide solutions and Antiseptic Bio Hand Cleaner Gel available in bottles and sprays. Kills Bacteria and Fights Infections.
    From the American Red Cross Fluid Spill Emergency Responder Pack to Biohazard Scoops, Biohazard Bags, and Disposable Towels - we have the bodily fluid spill clean up products you need.
    Red-Z Fluid Control Solidifiers by Safetec - available in individual packs & Fluid Control Solidifier Shakers.
  • Accidents?

    The CDC recently changed its terminology from "accidents" to unintentional injuries as a way to emphasize the preventability of most occurrences. The term "accident" denotes something that is out of one's control or unavoidable, when in fact most injuries can be prevented.

    accident-investigation-tile"Accidents will happen". We have all heard that statement before. Unfortunately, sometimes it is true. In spite of our best efforts, things occasionally do go wrong. While many accidents seem to happen for obvious reasons, there may be things that contribute to an accident which are not always apparent. That is why it is vital to conduct a thorough Accident Investigation.

    Our training products on "Accident Investigation" show employees steps that are taken in an accident investigation, and highlight how important it is for employees to fully cooperate with any inquiry. They also point out that while an investigation's focus is to determine the cause of an accident, the overall goal is to prevent similar accidents from happening again. The topics covered in the products include:

    • See all the Easy-to-Use OSHA Safety Training Materials available! See all the Easy-to-Use OSHA Safety Training Materials available!

      The goals of an accident investigation.

    • Securing an accident scene.
    • "Root-cause" analysis.
    • The importance of investigative interviews.
    • Assisting in an accident investigation.
    • Reporting the "near misses".
    • The role of policies, equipment and training on accident prevention.
    • and more.

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  • Solve the Outbreak

    New Outbreaks

    Are you ready to earn the highly coveted Disease Detective badge?  CDC has released a new update to Solve the Outbreak, the popular, free iPad app that puts you in the shoes of a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service.  The app now has six newly released outbreaks, giving you lots of opportunities to have fun.  Do you have what it takes to solve “The Queens Killer” scenario, or are the clues “Hiding in Plain Sight”?

    CDC-DDThe immensely popular app has fans clamoring for more.  So if you’ve been stuck as a Senior Specialist, now’s your chance to climb the ranks and earn new badges and achievements!

    Work hard to earn the Clever Clogs or Smarty Pants achievements; but beware of the Grim Reaper and Underachiever that appear if you fail to solve the outbreak.

    CDC-DD2Fun, Interactive Peek into the World of Epidemiology

    Whether you’re a teen considering a career in the sciences, a teacher looking for a great new way to show epidemiology at work, or a germ nerd of any age, Solve the Outbreak is a fascinating peek into the work that real-life Disease Detectives do every day to keep us safe.

    As soon as a new outbreak is suspected, you race to the scene to figure out what’s happening, why, how it started, and how it’s spreading.  Act fast and you can save a whole town, state, or even a country.  Come up with the wrong answers and, well…you can always try again!

    Download & Get Started Today!

    If you haven’t tried the app yet, now’s the perfect time to get started!  Scientists and experts from across CDC have put their expertise and know-how into creating a realistic and exciting app that turns your iPad into its own version of CSI.

    Download the app

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  • CDC Director to speak on the state of nation’s health security

    “The Cough Heard ‘Round the World”

    What

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden will speak on the state of our nation’s health security at the National Press Club’s Luncheon on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. Dr. Frieden’s talk, The Cough Heard ‘Round the World, will identify eminent dangers to our health security – superbugs, disasters, and leading causes of death – and the strategies the nation’s health protection agency can use to thwart them.

    A Q&A session will follow his remarks. Questions may be submitted for Dr. Frieden by emailing the National Press Club president (president@press.org with the subject line FRIEDEN) before 10:00 a.m. (ET) on September 10th. Continue reading

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