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August 21, 2019
Bubonic Plague alive and well in Denver’s prairie dog towns
Smithsonian-- In late July, the US Fish and Wildlife Service shut down the 15,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge when fleas infected with the Bubonic plague bacterium Yersinia pestis found in the refuge's black-tailed prairie dog colonies. “We are closing trails and spraying an insecticide to kill fleas in plague-affected areas where there might be humans,” David Lucas of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge tells Krakow. “But then there is this secondary effort which is to try to prevent the spread of this disease across the landscape.” More
August 14 2019
Candida auris: The new superbug on the block
BBC News- The drug-resistant fungus, Candida auris , was only discovered 10 years ago, but is now one of the world's most feared hospital microbes.
There have been outbreaks across the world, and new research shows higher temperatures may have led to an increase in infections.More
August 13 2019
Sterigenics ethylene oxide plant to reopen
Atlanta Journal-Constitution-- The state’s first air test for a carcinogenic gas used by several industrial facilities across Georgia showed it at a level well above what is deemed acceptable by federal regulators.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency, which analyzed the sample, said in a statement that the test result is a preliminary estimate. The agency said, “The sample collected at the South DeKalb monitoring site provides a measurable level of ethylene oxide that cannot clearly be linked to a particular source.” More
August 11, 19, 2019
Health department’s air testing for ethylene oxide in Waukegan, Gurnee shows highest results in residential area near Medline
Chicago Tribune-- The final results are in from ambient air monitoring conducted earlier this summer around two Lake County facilities that use ethylene oxide. Conclusions can’t be drawn from any one day of air sampling, Lake County Health Department spokeswoman Hannah Goering said, adding that a full analysis will take into consideration wind speed and direction as well as other variables. More
July 17, 2019
Medical Design and Outsourcing-- Sterigenics and the state of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency have reached a consent agreement to reopen the company’s Willowbrook medical device sterilization plant. The state EPA ordered the plant closed in February 2019, citing excessive emissions of the sterilant EO. More
July 9, 2019
The Guardian -- Researchers say ‘eye-opening’ findings that 20% of silver gulls nationwide carry pathogenic bacteria should be a wake-up call. More
June 28, 2019
Medical News Today -- These insects carry enough bacteria to cause infections — even some drug-resistant ones. More
June 26, 2019
DVM360 --A veterinarian and practice owner has launched an app for iOS and Android to help pet parents prevent accidental drug and food toxicities in their cats and dogs. More
June 24, 2019
WGN9 --Governor Pritzker has signed legislation imposing the nation's strictest limits on ethylene oxide emissions. More
June 3, 2019
Daily Herald --Outdoor air monitoring to determine levels of the chemical ethylene oxide is set to begin this week in Gurnee and Waukegan, Lake County officials said Monday. More
June 3, 2019
Chicago Tribune -- Legislation tightening restrictions for use of the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide passed through both the Illinois Senate and House this week, and is being sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for approval. More
The history of ethylene oxide (EO) and the formative role it has played in modern medical device sterilization can be murky to some, even quite skewed for others. Andersen Sterilizers President & CEO, Ted May, sat down with the crew at the podcast Beyond Clean, to dig into the mostly unknown, yet incredibly transformative history of EO technology—including its vital role in the sterile processing industry today.
We invite you to tune in and take a listen.
March 29, 2019
Chicago Tribune --Repeated air testing around the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook showed elevated levels of ethylene oxide, a cancer-causing chemical. That led to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s decision to...
March 22, 2019
BloombergEnvironment.com -- The Environmental Protection Agency should expand air monitoring activities to more Illinois industrial sites emitting ethylene oxide, two senators from the state said.
March 21, 2019
CBS Chicago, by US EPA Statement -- Sterigenics and the EPA released the following statements after the EPA performed air quality tests after the Sterigenics plant was ordered to stop using ethylene oxide.
March 13, 2019
Senator Dick Durbin Press Release -- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with residents of Willowbrook, Illinois, who have been impacted by ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions from Sterigenics...
March 12, 2019
Cook County Record -- A federal judge has sent back to DuPage County court a lawsuit filed by the state against Sterigenics ...
March 11, 2019
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society -- Citing concerns of increased cancer risks, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month issued a seal order to halt any new sterilization...
March 7, 2019
Emergo -- Medical device regulators in the US and Canada are both investigating whether the recent shuttering of a sterilization facility in Illinois due to environmental concerns may impact supplies of devices, and have provided recommendations...
March 6, 2019
Suburban Life Media -- Willowbrook residents soon may have regulations in place to address the public health crisis created by unsafe levels of the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide in the community’s air supply.
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