Journal of Environmental Health 2014 Abstracts - page 51

Long Beach, California, during their incubation period, and the majority of patients
reported eating at one of two restaurants in Long Beach. This article describes the
outbreak investigation that traced the source to an asymptomatic food handler working at
both restaurants and highlights the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion
for food handlers when faced with local outbreaks of diarrheal illness.
Application of the Pearl Model to Analyze Fecal Coliform Data From Conditionally
Approved Shellfish Harvest Areas in Seven Texas Bays
F.S. Conte,
Department of Animal Science
University of California, Davis
A. Ahmadi,
Department of Animal Science
University of California, Davis
The U.S. National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) 14/43 standard states that
conditionally approved shellfish growing areas must be closed for harvest when the
geometric mean of fecal coliform concentration exceeds the NSSP limit of 14 most
probable number (MPN)/100 mL, or the estimated 90th percentile of fecal coliform
concentrations exceeds 43 MPN/100 mL for a five-tube test. The authors hypothesized
that the NSSP 14/43 standard is not sufficient to protect the public from risks from
consumption of biologically contaminated shellfish and the standard should be modified
to 8/26 MPN/100 mL. To verify this hypothesis, the authors analyzed fecal coliform data
from conditionally approved shellfish harvest areas of seven Texas bays using the Pearl
sanitation model. Results showed that the shellfish closure rules mandated by the Texas
Department of State Health Services actually enforced the “Pearl” limits of 8/26
MPN/100 mL, and not the NSSP limit of 14/43 MPN/100 mL.
In Defense of Emergency Plans
Jeff Rubin, PhD, CEM,
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
This guest commentary provides an intriguing look at the mantra that emergency
plans have little value and where the true problems lie. It describes five components that
gives a plan extrinsic and durable value: scope, realism, flexibility, delineation, and
maintenance. A good plan is basically just another tool: it won’t make a response work
by itself and will never have all the answers, nor should it be seen to do so.
Direct From AEHAP: Strategies for Enhancing the Environmental Health
Workforce: An Update on the Health of Accredited Environmental Health Degree
Yalonda Sinde
AEHAP Executive Director Yalonda Sinde provides readers with an overview of
findings from an annual update of accredited programs report. Enrollment and graduation
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