Category Archives: public health

Vital Signs: Maine health providers prepare for Ebola

Nurse Kaci Hickox may have reached a settlement with the state over how she’ll be monitored for signs of Ebola, but that doesn’t mean the deadly virus has dropped off Maine’s radar. Medical professionals and public officials from across the state gathered Wednesday in Bangor to further prepare for a possible case of the illness. They discussed basic […]

Worried about the Maine food worker who possibly exposed diners to hepatitis A?

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State health officials announced last week that a food service worker in Cumberland County may have exposed diners to hepatitis A. We still don’t know where this occurred or how many people were potentially exposed to the contagious liver disease, because the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention won’t release the information. But the agency was more […]

Maine once arrested an infected TB patient: How Kaci Hickox is different

Kaci Hickox, a nurse who arrived in New Jersey on October 24 after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, speaks to her lawyer Norman Siegel from a hospital quarantine tent in Newark, New Jersey, October 26, 2014, in a photo provided by attorney Steve Hyman.

In September 2006, John Donohue landed in Cumberland County Jail for refusing to take medication to prevent the spread of his tuberculosis.  Legal and health officials described the 54-year-old transient’s case as the first time in Maine that a person was imprisoned to avoid spreading a potentially fatal disease. With disagreement reaching a fever pitch over how Maine should respond […]

Should the U.S limit travel to protect Americans from Ebola?

LA Fire Department Paramedic truck drives past a United Airlines plane from New York's JFK airport, that was diverted to a remote gate after landing at LAX, after a passenger on the flight exhibited flu-like symptoms, in Los Angeles

Fears about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus have led many Americans to push for closing the country’s borders to travelers from West Africa, ground zero of the outbreak. U.S. House Republicans are demanding that President Barack Obama impose new travel restrictions, a step the president continues to resist. Obama said yesterday that “a flat-out travel ban is not […]

Is your antibacterial soap safe? UMaine researchers study common ingredient

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Examine the label on one of the many antibacterial products in your home, and you’ll likely find “triclosan” listed as an ingredient. The antimicrobial chemical was once used only in hospitals, but in the 1990s manufacturers began adding it to soaps, body washes, toothpaste, deodorants, facial cleansers, and countless other personal hygiene products. You’ll even find […]