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Friday, September 25, 2020

Expired Disinfectant Leads to Bacterial Outbreak

I am not going to lie.  I am thrilled to be talking about something other than COVID-19.  What I am not thrilled about is how an outbreak occurred as a result of using an expired disinfectant.

Several thousand people in northwest China have tested positive for a bacterial disease that has been traced to a leak at a biopharmaceutical company.  The facility produces Brucella vaccines. Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease found in livestock and spread to humans via close contact with infectious secretions, drinking unpasteurized milk or eating undercooked meat.  Thankfully, person to person transmission is rare.  In humans, the disease is known as Malta fever or Mediterranean fever and causes headaches, muscle pain, fever, and fatigue.  Unfortunately, some of the symptoms like arthritis or swelling of organs can become chronic.

According to reports, the facility used expired disinfectants and the bacteria was not completely eradicated.  Contaminated waste gas formed aerosols that contained the bacteria, which subsequently leaked into the air.  Over 3,200 people have contracted the disease with another 1,400 testing preliminarily positive. The facility has since lost its licenses and veterinary drug product approvals.

Over the years, we have talked about the importance of contact time to ensure disinfection occurs and certainly that has been a focus of late due to the pandemic.  We have talked about the importance of proper dilution and maintaining automated dilution systems as we know if disinfectants are not diluted properly that can lead to compatibility issues, occupational health and safety issues and of course efficacy issues.  Shelf life is another important topic and consideration when using disinfectants.  If the product you are using has expired the outcome can be exactly what happened in China and unfortunately, has been the reason for more outbreaks than anyone wishes to admit.

As we continue our fight against COVID-19, remember that there are more infectious diseases floating around and we need to continue to be vigilant and ensure our cleaning and disinfection practices are on point, including reading labels to confirm the product has not expired and properly labelling secondary bottles with expiry dates after products have been diluted.

Bugging Off!

Nicole

Friday, September 11, 2020

I'll Take 166 for 2020

Do you have COVID-19 fatigue? I admit, I may be a titch fatigued.  You can only repeat the same thing so many times and hope for different results – basically Einstein’s definition of insanity.  Wear masks, wash your hands, keep 6-feet apart. Did I say wash your hands?

This week was back to school for many kids in North America.   I may have been a bit of a Drill Sergeant with my son, making him repeat until I was confident he understood how he was to take off his mask, what he was to do with his dirty mask and what he was to do before he touched his new clean mask (sanitize his hands, if you didn’t guess).  He came home with 3 wet masks, used the hand sanitizer, but did not use the facial wipes and complained that his face felt gross.  Some of his classmates only had 1 mask.  Wearing 1 mask per day to me is like leaving your baby in a wet diaper.  I would highly recommend frequently changing masks throughout the day, especially if you have teens with hormonal skin that is prone to acne.

This week also signifies a momentous event in infection prevention. On September 8, 1854, John Snow removed the handle from the Broad Street pump in conducting some of the earliest epidemiologic work and stopping a Cholera outbreak.  This serves to remind us of the impact that infections, outbreaks, and pandemics have had on our life – 166 years is a long time, yet today we still have issues with water quality and its impact on human health.

November signifies another important step in infection control and public health.  Florence Nightingale showed up in November 1854 with a group of nurses to support wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Appalled by what she saw, she brought food from England, cleaned up the kitchens, and she and her nurses started cleaning up the hospital wards and kitchen, believing the main problems were diet, dirt, and drains.  So began the understanding the need to distance beds (aka physical distancing to stop transmission of infections) and sanitation through the understanding that a clean environment and clean linens would also help stave off infections.

As we enter yet another month of the pandemic, do not let your guard down.  Follow the recommendations our Public Health experts are providing. Wash your hands often.  Wear a mask.  Keep your distance and - if you’re like my son who questions the cleanliness of his school’s bathroom because boys can be messy - increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection at home, at work and at school.  My son has a stash of disinfectant wipes he packed so he could clean if things look gross.

Bugging Off!

Nicole

Friday, September 4, 2020

Are You Singing the Back to School Blues or Wahoos?!


I hope you’ll play along this week with my change up from writing to vlogging.  I’m an amateur when it comes to movie making, but here it goes!


I ha
ve 4 back to school tips:

Masks protocols and hand hygiene.



Pencil cases: Washable versus Wipeable.



Odds and sods to minimize transmission.



Hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection.



School is going to look different this year, but remember germs have always been present.  For those that have decided to send their children back, we need to keep calm and wipe on!

Bugging Off!

Nicole