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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926432/pathogen-and-particle-associations-in-wastewater-significance-and-implications-for-treatment-and-disinfection-processes
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C Chahal, B van den Akker, F Young, C Franco, J Blackbeard, P Monis
Disinfection guidelines exist for pathogen inactivation in potable water and recycled water, but wastewater with high numbers of particles can be more difficult to disinfect, making compliance with the guidelines problematic. Disinfection guidelines specify that drinking water with turbidity ≥1 Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU) is not suitable for disinfection and therefore not fit for purpose. Treated wastewater typically has higher concentrations of particles (1-10NTU for secondary treated effluent). Two processes widely used for disinfecting wastewater are chlorination and ultraviolet radiation...
2016: Advances in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925693/identification-of-n-arylated-nh125-analogues-as-rapid-eradicating-agents-against-mrsa-persister-cells-and-potent-biofilm-killers-of-gram-positive-pathogens
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Yasmeen Abouelhassan, Akash Basak, Hussain Yousaf, Robert William Huigens Iii
Bacterial biofilms housing dormant persister cells are innately tolerant to antibiotics and disinfectants, yet several membrane-active agents are known to eradicate tolerant bacterial cells. NH125, a membrane-active persister-killer and starting point for development, led to the identification of N-arylated analogues 1 and 2 and displayed improved biofilm-killing potencies and rapid persister-killing activities in stationary cultures of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). We found 1 and 2 to be superior to other membrane-active agents in biofilm eradication assays with 1 demonstrating minimum biofilm eradication concentrations (MBEC) of 23...
December 7, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923504/a-novel-combined-solar-pasteurizer-tio2-continuous-flow-reactor-for-decontamination-and-disinfection-of-drinking-water
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José María Monteagudo, Antonio Durán, Israel San Martín, Alba María Acevedo
A new combined solar plant including an annular continuous-flow compound parabolic collector (CPC) reactor and a pasteurization system was designed, built, and tested for simultaneous drinking water disinfection and chemical decontamination. The plant did not use pumps and had no electricity costs. First, water continuously flowed through the CPC reactor and then entered the pasteurizer. The temperature and water flow from the plant effluent were controlled by a thermostatic valve located at the pasteurizer outlet that opened at 80 °C...
December 3, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923269/what-must-be-done-to-prevent-another-humidifier-disinfectant-disaster
#4
Jong-Hyeon Lee
The humidifier disinfectant disaster (HDD) was not a simple poisoning accident by biocides, but a singular disaster in history created by chemicals in household products. This disaster was a result of the failure of a system for the management of chemical and product safety. Since the management authority for chemical usage safety is different from those for chemical safety in products, many blind areas for chemical safety management in products still remain. The 'Act on the Registration and Evaluation, etc...
2016: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923155/user-preferences-and-willingness-to-pay-for-safe-drinking-water-experimental-evidence-from-rural-tanzania
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Zachary Burt, Robert M Njee, Yolanda Mbatia, Veritas Msimbe, Joe Brown, Thomas F Clasen, Hamisi M Malebo, Isha Ray
Almost half of all deaths from drinking microbiologically unsafe water occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) systems, when consistently used, can provide safer drinking water and improve health. Social marketing to increase adoption and use of HWTS depends both on the prices of and preferences for these systems. This study included 556 households from rural Tanzania across two low-income districts with low-quality water sources. Over 9 months in 2012 and 2013, we experimentally evaluated consumer preferences for six "low-cost" HWTS options, including boiling, through an ordinal ranking protocol...
November 25, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919553/the-enhanced-reduction-of-c-and-n-dbp-formation-in-treatment-of-source-water-containing-microcystis-aeruginosa-using-a-novel-ctsac-composite-coagulant
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Chunxia Ma, Haiyan Pei, Wenrong Hu, Yuting Wang, Hangzhou Xu, Yan Jin
This study investigated the effect of a chitosan-aluminium chloride (CTSAC) composite coagulation process on reducing the formation of algal organic matters (AOM) related carbonaceous disinfection by-products (C-DBPs) and nitrogenous disinfection by-products (N-DBPs), by removing or adsorbing their precursors. Compared with aluminium chloride (AC) and chitosan (CTS) alone, CTSAC significantly enhanced the removal of dissolved organic matter (DOC), polysaccharide, protein and humic acids, attaining removals of 64...
December 2, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919529/three-step-effluent-chlorination-increases-disinfection-efficiency-and-reduces-dbp-formation-and-toxicity
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Yu Li, Xiangru Zhang, Mengting Yang, Jiaqi Liu, Wanxin Li, Nigel J D Graham, Xiaoyan Li, Bo Yang
Chlorination is extensively applied for disinfecting sewage effluents, but it unintentionally generates disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Using seawater for toilet flushing introduces a high level of bromide into domestic sewage. Chlorination of sewage effluent rich in bromide causes the formation of brominated DBPs. The objectives of achieving a disinfection goal, reducing disinfectant consumption and operational costs, as well as diminishing adverse effects to aquatic organisms in receiving water body remain a challenge in sewage treatment...
December 2, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918833/effects-of-lead-phytochemicals-of-radix-scutellariae-on-acanthamoeba
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Pauline Cho, Guangsen Shi, Maurice Yap, Maureen V Boost
Purpose: Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), which is associated with noncompliant use of contact lenses, remains difficult to treat due to delayed diagnosis and paucity of therapeutic agents. Although improvements in activity against Acanthamoeba infection have been achieved in disinfecting solutions for soft contact lenses, such modifications have not been extended to those for special rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses, which are increasingly used for myopia control in children. Phytochemicals present in herbs used for traditional Chinese medicine may be effective as therapeutic or preventive agents...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917855/identification-of-microorganisms-on-mobile-phones-of-intensive-care-unit-health-care-workers-and-medical-students-in-the-tertiary-hospital
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Ivan Kotris, Domagoj Drenjančević, Jasminka Talapko, Suzana Bukovski
Aim To identify and investigate a difference between microorganisms present on intensive care unit (ICU) health care workers' (HCW, doctors, nurses or medical technicians) and medical students' mobile phones as well as to investigate a difference between the frequency and the way of cleaning mobile phones. Methods Fifty swabs were collected from HCWs who work in the ICU (University Hospital Centre Osijek) and 60 swabs from medical students (School of Medicine, University of Osijek). Microorganisms were identified according to standard microbiological methods and biochemical tests to the genus/species level...
February 1, 2017: Medicinski Glasnik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917733/evaluation-of-an-ethanol-based-spray-disinfectant-for-decontamination-of-cover-gowns-prior-to-removal
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Sreelatha Koganti, Heba Alhmidi, Myreen E Tomas, Jennifer L Cadnum, Christopher Sass, Annette L Jencson, Curtis J Donskey
An ethanol-based spray disinfectant significantly reduced bacteriophage MS2 contamination on material from gowns meeting ASTM standard 1671 for resistance to blood and viral penetration and on a cover gown worn by personnel. Effectiveness of disinfection was affected by the type of gown material and the correctness of fit. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016;1-3.
December 5, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916605/modulation-of-drug-resistance-and-biofilm-formation-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolated-from-the-oral-cavity-of-tunisian-children
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Tarek Zmantar, Rihab Ben Slama, Kais Fdhila, Bochra Kouidhi, Amina Bakhrouf, Kamel Chaieb
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to investigate the antimicrobial and the anti-biofilm activities of Lactobacillus plantarum extract (LPE) against a panel of oral Staphylococcus aureus (n=9) and S. aureus ATCC 25923. The in vitro ability of LPE to modulate bacterial resistance to tetracycline, benzalchonium chloride (BC), and chlorhexidine (CHX) were tested also. METHODS: The MICs and MBCs of LPE, tetracycline (TET), CHX and BC were determined in absence and in presence of a sub-MIC doses of LPE (1/2 MIC)...
December 1, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915252/photoinactivation-of-bacteria-by-endogenous-photosensitizers-and-exposure-to-visible-light-of-different-wavelengths-a-review-on-existing-data
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M Hessling, B Spellerberg, K Hoenes
Visible light has strong disinfectant properties, a fact which is not well known in comparison to the antibacterial properties of UV light. This review compiles the published data on bacterial inactivation caused by visible light and endogenous photosensitizers. It evaluates more than 100 published studies containing information on about 40 different bacterial species irradiated within the spectral range from 380 to 780 nm. In the available data a high variability of the photoinactivation sensitivity is observed, which may be caused by undefined illumination conditions...
December 2, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914323/quantitative-farm-to-fork-human-norovirus-exposure-assessment-of-individually-quick-frozen-raspberries-and-raspberry-puree
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L Jacxsens, A Stals, A De Keuckelaere, B Deliens, A Rajkovic, M Uyttendaele
A quantitative human norovirus (NoV) exposure model describing transmission of NoV during pre-harvest, harvest and further processing of soft red fruits exemplified by raspberries is presented. The outcomes of the model demonstrate the presence of NoV in raspberry puree or individual quick frozen (IQF) raspberry fruits and were generated by Monte Carlo simulations by combining GoldSim® and @Risk® software. Input data were collected from scientific literature, observational studies and assumptions. NoV contamination of soft red fruits is assumed to take place at farms by application of contaminated water for pesticides dilution or by berries' pickers shedding NoV...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912980/lack-of-sustained-efficacy-for-alcohol-based-surgical-hand-rubs-containing-residual-active-ingredients-according-to-en-12791
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G Kampf, A Kramer, M Suchomel
The World Health Organization recommends the use of hand rubs with 'sustained activity' for surgical hand preparation. This review aims to verify whether any of the alcohol-based hand rubs containing non-volatile 'active ingredients' such as chlorhexidine digluconate (CHG), mecetronium ethylsulphate (MES), or ortho-phenylphenol (OPP) provides such sustained efficacy for surgical hand disinfection. Literature was searched to find studies according to EN 12791. Published data sets were analysed to verify whether any of the formulations has a superior efficacy (P<0...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910909/the-disinfection-characteristics-of-ebola-virus-outbreak-variants
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Bradley W M Cook, Todd A Cutts, Aidan M Nikiforuk, Anders Leung, Darwyn Kobasa, Steven S Theriault
The recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has forced experts to re-evaluate their understanding of how to best disinfect areas contaminated with infectious bodily fluids. Recent research has found that Ebola virus remains viable in blood for 7-10 days making appropriate disinfection crucial to infection control. We sought to determine if the three most important outbreak variants of Zaire ebolavirus (Mayinga, Kikwit and Makona) exhibit separate phenotypes when challenged with a range of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) concentrations or 70% ethanol (EtOH) at average West African temperature...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909341/intracellular-mechanisms-of-solar-water-disinfection
#16
María Castro-Alférez, María Inmaculada Polo-López, Pilar Fernández-Ibáñez
Solar water disinfection (SODIS) is a zero-cost intervention measure to disinfect drinking water in areas of poor access to improved water sources, used by more than 6 million people in the world. The bactericidal action of solar radiation in water has been widely proven, nevertheless the causes for this remain still unclear. Scientific literature points out that generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) inside microorganisms promoted by solar light absorption is the main reason. For the first time, this work reports on the experimental measurement of accumulated intracellular ROS in E...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908452/kinetics-and-mechanisms-of-nitrate-and-ammonium-formation-during-ozonation-of-dissolved-organic-nitrogen
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Glen Andrew de Vera, Wolfgang Gernjak, Howard Weinberg, Maria José Farré, Jurg Keller, Urs von Gunten
Dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) is an emerging concern in oxidative water treatment because it exerts oxidant demand and may form nitrogenous oxidation/disinfection by-products. In this study, we investigated the reactions of ozone with DON with a special emphasis on the formation of nitrate (NO3(-)) and ammonium (NH4(+)). In batch ozonation experiments, the formation of NO3(-) and NH4(+) was investigated for natural organic matter standards, surface water, and wastewater effluent samples. A good correlation was found between NO3(-) formation and the O3 exposure (R(2) > 0...
January 1, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905620/-the-water-supply-of-a-pediatric-hospital-as-a-possible-source-of-an-outbreak-of-diarrhea-due-to-microsporidium-spp-in-immunocompromised-patients
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Paulina Coria, Claudia Urízar, Andrea Alba, Isabel Noemí, Anita Pino, José Luis Cerva
INTRODUCTION: The hospital water supply is a reservoir of a variety of potentially pathogenic microorganisms that can particularly affect children and immunocompromised patients. Potentially pathogenic Microsporidium spp. have been identified in water. Microsporidiosis is an emerging parasitic and opportunistic infection in immunocompromised patients. OBJECTIVE AND METHOD: to describe an outbreak of nosocomial diarrhea due to Microsporidium, species Encephalitozoon intestinalis...
August 2016: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902914/inactivation-of-avian-influenza-virus-in-nonpelleted-chicken-feed
#19
H Toro, V L van Santen, C Breedlove
Corn stored outside could become contaminated with avian influenza virus (AIV) from wild bird droppings. AIV-contaminated ingredients could pass into the poultry flocks in nonpelleted chicken feed. The efficacy of two disinfectants at inactivating AIV in chicken feed was evaluated. Both Termin-8 (a blend of formaldehyde, propionic acid, terpenes, and surfactant) and Finio (a blend of approved phytochemicals and carboxylic acids) effectively inactivated AIV in chicken feed. Because stability of infectious AIV in chicken feed is limited, we evaluated addition of protein (skim milk powder) to the virus suspension...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901206/antimicrobial-activity-of-different-disinfectants-against-cariogenic-microorganisms
#20
Esra Uzer Celik, Ayse Tugce Tunac, Mustafa Ates, Bilge Hakan Sen
The aim of this study was to assess the in vitro antimicrobial effects of chlorhexidine digluconate (CHX), polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHBM), and octenidine dihydrochloride (OCT) on cariogenic microorganisms by using their minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC). CHX, PHBM, and OCT were diluted in distilled water to the final test concentrations. Using the in-tube dilution method, Streptococcus mutans, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Actinomyces viscosus were cultivated on blood agar and Mueller-Hinton broth (MHB) at 37°C for 48 h...
November 28, 2016: Brazilian Oral Research
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