April 11, 2012
The Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown will join Kiwanis International to "Eliminate" maternal/neonatal tetanus. The projected goal of Kiwanis International is to raise $110,000,000 by 2015. Poor hygiene and lack of health care education promote tetanus, especially during birth. Without treatment, an infected newborn dies within days. The Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown will provide annual support for Project Eliminate through 2015. Anyone interested in joining with Kiwanis Club members can contact John Roney at 301-331-0064 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
November 2, 2012
Flesh-eating bacteria might sound like something from a science fiction movie or an episode of "The Twilight Zone. " But it isn't make believe. Instead, it's a real-life horror story - one where a micro-organism enters the body through an open wound and begins to consume tissue from the inside out. Brent Hoover never suspected he would have fallen victim to such an infection. He never would have imagined that a swollen arm would have resulted in the loss of a bicep or that he would have four surgeries to remove the bacteria that was destroying his body.
February 2, 2005
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Water samples were taken Tuesday to determine whether the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease has been successfully removed from the water system of a condominium complex where three residents came down with the disease, killing one, a county health official said. County health officials first tested the water in the building after the first two cases were reported. Those tests indicated the presence of the bacteria at several points, prompting health officials to recommend disinfection of the water system, which was done over the weekend, said Debbie Goeller, a Worcester County health officer.
September 6, 2010
You are like a planet, and your skin is populated with hundreds of different species of microbes. And that is healthy and normal. This eye-opening perspective came from Dr. David Karstaedt, assistant professor of anatomy and physiology and microbiology at Hagerstown Community College. "The thing that's interesting about the human body - we're completely covered in microbes," Karstaedt said. "If your body were to somehow dissolve, your friends would still recognize you. The microbes on your skin would still be there.
March 20, 2001
Tips for cleaning your kitchen In anticipation of spring, many people make a ritual of spring cleaning. When cleaning a kitchen, it's important to remember there's more to the task than producing shiny floors and neatly arranged cupboards. Spring is a great time to target harmful bacteria that can lurk on kitchen surfaces and in your refrigerator. Salmonella, Staphyloccus, E. coli and Listeria are just some of the bacteria that may be hanging out in your kitchen. While you can't see or smell bacteria, they are everywhere, especially in moist environments.
February 21, 2002
Sewage plant awaits results of water tests By DAN KULIN email@example.com At the Hagerstown sewage treatment plant Wednesday, the last of the several sewage treatment processes shut down 12 days earlier was restarted, Plant Superintendent Donald Barton said. The biological nutrient removal process, which uses bacteria to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from sewage, was restarted at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, he said. "All the components are back on line.
April 11, 1997
By TERI JOHNSON Staff Writer Many healthy people carry the bacteria that causes meningococcal disease, but it doesn't always make them sick. The disease gained attention in Maryland following the death of a Loyola College student from a meningococcal blood infection last month. Hundreds of students at the Baltimore college were immunized as a precaution. In February, a student at Morgan State University in Baltimore died of meningitis. Investigations showed that the cases weren't linked, and that they were caused by different strains of bacteria.
February 20, 2002
Sewage treatment getting better, says plant supervisor By DAN KULIN firstname.lastname@example.org Hagerstown's sewage treatment plant continues to improve, and there are plans to bring another part of the treatment process back online today, Plant Superintendent Donald Barton said Tuesday. Sometime today the part of the sewage treatment process that removes phosphorous and nitrogen from the waste water will be restarted, he said. Even though this process, called biological nutrient removal, has been down, tests of the waste water taken last week showed that nitrogen and phosphorous levels were within state limits, he said.
February 19, 2002
Waste water treatment plant nearly back to normal operation By DAN KULIN email@example.com Hagerstown's sewage treatment plant was operating at near pre-shutdown levels after a successful switch back to using ozone to disinfect the waste water on Monday, Plant Superintendent Donald Barton said. The plant was 80 percent to 85 percent back to normal, and with the use of ozone the waste water flowing from the plant into Antietam Creek was "very close to pre-shutdown levels," Barton said.
April 11, 2013
Penn State Extension, Franklin County, is offering a water-testing program during National Drinking Water Week, May 6 to 10. The program encourages private well owners to test their water at group rates. The results of previous testing show that about one of every three well owners will discover the presence of coliform bacteria in their well water. About one of every six wells will have nitrates above the recommended limit for drinking water. Something can be done about these problems if you know you have them.