CDC Issues Health Advisory about Extensively Drug-Resistant Shigellosis
EMSL Analytical provides infection control, environmental and food testing services to identify Shigella and a wide range of other pathogens and contaminants.
Cinnaminson, New Jersey, March 29, 2023 Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory to warn of an increase in extensively drug-resistant shigellosis in the United States. The infection is caused by exposure to a type of bacteria known as Shigella. Shigella is very contagious and exposure to even a tiny amount of contaminated fecal matter can cause infection. Transmission typically occurs when people put something in their mouths or swallow something that has come into contact with the stool.......[Read More]
Minnesota Department of Health Urges Workers at Ammunition Plant to Have Children Tested for Lead Exposure
EMSL Analytical provides industrial hygiene and environmental testing services to identify lead exposure risks to protect workers and their families and to help keep companies and institutions in regulatory compliance.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 27, 2023 Last month, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced it was urging employees of an ammunition plant in Anoka to have their children tested for lead exposure after MDH, Anoka County and St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health identified four children with elevated blood lead levels. The agencies believe this occurred due to exposure to lead dust that was brought home accidentally on the clothing and personal items of family members who work at the plant. According to MDH:
Health officials.......[Read More]
Attorney General of Massachusetts Announces $325,000 Settlement with Three Companies for Alleged Renovation Project Asbestos Violations
EMSL Analytical offers laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment (PPE) to identify and mitigate exposure risks to asbestos to protect people and to help keep companies in regulatory compliance.
Boston, Massachusetts, March 24, 2023 Last month, the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts announced that a construction company, plumbing contractor and a demolition company will pay up to $325,000 in civil penalties to settle claims of illegal asbestos work during a renovation project at a public university in the state. According to the announcement, the three firms are alleged to have violated the state’s clean air law and asbestos regulations by repeatedly and illegally failing to properly remove and dispose of.......[Read More]
World TB Day and Environmental Testing Resources to Prevent New Cases
EMSL Analytical offers highly sensitive PCR testing methods to identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other pathogens from environmental samples to support infection control efforts.
Cinnaminson, New Jersey, March 23, 2023 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) details that as recently as 2021, there were 7,882 reported tuberculosis (TB) cases in the United States. The agency also estimates up to 13 million people in this country are living with latent TB infection (LTBI). TB is caused by a bacterium known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It typically attacks the lungs, but can also attack other parts of the body. The disease can be spread from a person with the disease of the lungs or throat through.......[Read More]
Tools to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance at Schools and Universities
EMSL Analytical provides laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, air monitoring instruments and building inspection tools to identify indoor air quality issues to improve learning conditions.
Cinnaminson, New Jersey, March 22, 2023 While the COVID pandemic brought new attention to the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and infection control programs in schools and universities, it has been known for years that student performance and attendance can be impacted by indoor environmental conditions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that programs that promote healthy indoor air quality can:
Increase students’ ability to learn
Improve test scores
Improve adult productivity in the.......[Read More]
Identifying Airborne Allergens in the Built Environment
EMSL Analytical offers indoor air quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and air monitoring instruments to identify and mitigate exposure to allergens, respiratory irritants and asthma triggers.
Cinnaminson, New Jersey, March 21, 2023 With most people spending up to 90% of their time indoors, what they are exposed to in the air in their homes, schools, and work environments has an impact on their health and well-being. This includes the millions of people that suffer from exposure to airborne allergens. Allergies can not only affect a person’s quality of life, but each year they cost society billions of dollars in medical care and lost productivity; not to mention allergies are responsible for countless missed school days........[Read More]