Legionnaires’ disease Outbreak Tied to North Carolina Mountain State Fair
EMSL Analytical offers rapid PCR and traditional culturing methods to identify the microbial pathogen that causes Legionnaires’ disease from environmental samples.
Raleigh, NC, November 14th , 2019 The Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services and the Henderson County Health Department notified the North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH) on September 23rd of an increase in reported Legionnaires’ disease cases. In response, information gathered by local health departments and officials indicated that most of the cases attended the North Carolina Mountain State Fair held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center (WNC Ag Center) in Fletcher, NC. As of October.......[Read More]
Testing Consumer Goods for Asbestos and Other Regulated Materials
EMSL Analytical provides asbestos and a wide range of other testing solutions to manufacturers, importers, retailers and others to help ensure products are safe and meet regulatory requirements.
Cinnaminson, NJ, November 12th , 2019 This past September, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a manufacturer that has voluntarily recalled various cosmetic products that tested positive for asbestos during the agency’s ongoing testing of cosmetics. This recall followed several previous ones this year from the manufacturer and a national retail chain that was also associated with asbestos concerns in cosmetics. According to the FDA, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is often.......[Read More]
Histoplasmosis and Fungal Exposure Risks in Homes and Buildings Infested with Bats or Birds
EMSL Analytical provides environmental testing services and sampling supplies to help identify microbial pathogens, including those associated with bird droppings and bat guano.
Orlando, FL, November 11th , 2019 Bats living in occupied buildings recently forced employees from a Michigan courthouse, as well as counselors and students from a Florida high school, to relocate due to health concerns associated with their presence. One of the major reasons in both moves was the possible presence of a fungus known as Histoplasma that can be an exposure risk when bat guano or bird droppings are present. Histoplasma can cause an infection in humans known as histoplasmosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control.......[Read More]
Environmental Testing to Combat Infections From Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
EMSL Analytical provides laboratory testing to identify MRSA, C. diff and other superbugs to confirm the effectiveness of surface cleaning and disinfection efforts.
Minneapolis, MN, November 7th , 2019 Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that can be found in a person’s skin or in their nose. For those who develop the infection, it is resistant to many antibiotics which makes it difficult to treat. Traditionally, MRSA infections have been associated with hospitalization or other health care-associated risk factors. In more recent years, health care providers have observed MRSA infections in an increasing number of people who lack.......[Read More]
Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Avoiding Exposure Risks to Airborne Carcinogens and Other Pollutants
EMSL Analytical provides air testing, sampling supplies and monitoring instruments to identify airborne carcinogens, respiratory irritants, allergens and asthma triggers.
Cinnaminson, NJ, November 5th , 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more people in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates over 228,000 new cases of lung cancer and more than 142,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. alone. To educate the public and increase awareness of the disease, each November is recognized as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. While many cases of lung cancer can be prevented if people stopped smoking or were not.......[Read More]
EPA Announces Costly Penalty for Violations of Composite Wood Product Formaldehyde Regulations
EMSL Analytical provides material and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to identify formaldehyde off-gassing and exposure risks for building occupants.
Cinnaminson, NJ, November 4th , 2019 In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde from certain wood products. The rule followed the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Act of 2010 which established emission standards for formaldehyde from composite wood products. The EPA’s finalized rule went into effect on June 1st, 2018. It requires composite wood products that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, manufactured or imported in the United.......[Read More]