Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a highly sensitive, cost-effective technology for rapid bacterial pathogen screening of air, soil, water, and agricultural produce in as little as 24 hours.
According to Ezra Orlofsky Ph.D, who led the research while working on his doctorate at the BGU Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, “Rapid and reliable pathogen detection in field samples is critical for public health, security and environmental monitoring. Current methods used in food, water or clinical applications rely on labor and time-intensive culturing techniques while activities such as dairy farming, wastewater and runoff treatment necessitates real-time monitoring of pathogens in environment samples.”
Read more: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/aabu-bua100815.php
Link to abstract in Water, Air & Soil Pollution journal: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11270-015-2560-x
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The Courier Mail Megan Palin news.com.au October 07, 2015
A TROPICAL island on the Great Barrier Reef is about to run out of water as its dams dry up and levels become so low that thousands of residents are forced to bathe in and drink contaminated water.
Many, including children and the elderly, have fallen ill; suffering nausea, diarrhoea and boils, since the water on Palm Island turned a “filthy, murky dark brown”, news.com.au has been told.
Palm Island is located about 65km northwest of Townsville, off the coast of Queensland and home to about 4000 residents.
Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/this-queensland-island-is-about-to-dry-up-causing-residents-to-bathe-in-and-drink-dirty-water/story-fnihsrf2-1227560443948?from=public_rss
ABC News 6 October 2015
Two people have been hospitalised in Tasmania with paralytic shellfish poisoning after eating mussels they harvested from east coast areas affected by algal blooms.
A third person has also been treated.
All three became unwell after eating mussels from an area subject to a public health warning issued last week.
The Public Health department has advised against collecting or eating wild oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, scallops, abalone, rock lobster or crab from anywhere along the east coast.