Archives for 2012

Brand ‘Signature Ornaments’ Found to Contain Aspergillus Mold

Preparing for the holidays can be an exciting time to share with loved ones. Gathering up old holiday decorations and adding new ones to the collection has been a long standing tradition in many families. This year however, there are a few precautions we urge people to take when purchasing ornaments and other decorations for […]

A Fungus, Beauveria bassiana being used to fight bed bugs

A fungus, Beauveria bassiana, is now being looked at as a potential solution to bed bugs. Bed bugs have been documented as human pests since the 17th century. Human blood is their preferred food, but they will also feed on rodents, bats, birds and pets, if humans aren’t available. Bed bugs are small and often […]

Meningitis caused by ‘black mould’, Exserohilum rostratum

The black mould, Exserohilum rostratum (ex-sir-oh-HY-lum ross-TRAH-tum), which has caused meningitis in people who were treated with tainted shots for back pain is proving to be difficult to treat. Exserohilum rostratum an emerging causal agent for meningitis, is a common mould that can be found in soil and thrives in warm, humid climates. Although it […]

Canadian Asbestos Regulations

Production and use of asbestos was at its highest in Canada in the 1970s and declined in the 1980s. Due to health concerns, asbestos production and use has become a hot topic with governments in developed countries being accused of poisoning poorer countries that still use asbestos. Below are the Canadian abestos regulations by provinces […]

Legionnaires’ Disease and Symptoms

Legionnaires’ disease (LEE-juh-nares) is a form of pneumonia caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila. A mild form of the disease is called Pontiac fever. Unlike Legionnaires’ disease, which affects only a small percentage of people who are exposed, Pontiac fever will affect approximately 90 percent of those exposed. In addition, the time between exposure to […]

Expanded Recall for Foaming Hand Soap due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa Contamination

Recently there was a recall of Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap (Triclosan 0.3%) due to contamination with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. As a precautionary measure, the recall was extended to 21 lots of the product X3 Clean Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer (Benzalkonium chloride 0.13%). Pseudomonas aeruginosa was discovered in 1882 and was subsequently found to cause a variety of […]

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