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Estimate of Burden and Direct Healthcare Cost of Infectious Waterborne Disease in the United States.

Stephanie DeFlorio-Barker, Abhilasha Shrestha, Samuel Dorevitch,

Emerg Infect Dis (Emerging infectious diseases)
[2021, 27(8):2241-2242]

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A Web-Based Interactive Map to Promote Health-Care Facility Flood Preparedness.

Elena Grossman, Michelle Hathaway, Amber Khan, Apostolis Sambanis, Samuel Dorevitch,

<h4>Objectives</h4>Little is known about how flood risk of health-care facilities (HCFs) is evaluated by emergency preparedness professionals and HCFs administrators. This study assessed knowledge of emergency preparedness and HCF management professionals regarding locations of floodplains in relation to HCFs. A Web-based interactive map of floodplains and HCF was developed and ... Read more >>

Disaster Med Public Health Prep (Disaster medicine and public health preparedness)
[2021, :1-4]

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Predictors of Water Lead Levels in Drinking Water of Homes With Domestic Wells in 3 Illinois Counties.

Sarah D Geiger, Jonathan Bressler, Walton Kelly, David E Jacobs, Saria S Awadalla, Bart Hagston, Uche Onwuta, Carey Panier, Samuel Dorevitch,

<h4>Context</h4>Millions of US homes receive water from private wells, which are not required to be tested for lead (Pb). An approach to prioritizing high-risk homes for water lead level (WLL) testing may help focus outreach and screening efforts, while reducing the testing of homes at low risk.<h4>Objective</h4>To (1) characterize distribution ... Read more >>

J Public Health Manag Pract (Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP)
[2020, :]

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Decentralized solar-powered drinking water ozonation in Western Kenya: an evaluation of disinfection efficacy

Colin Hendrickson, Jared Oremo, Oscar Oluoch Akello, Simon Bunde, Isaac Rayola, David Akello, Daniel Akwiri, Sung-Jin Park, Samuel Dorevitch,

 Background: Decentralized drinking water treatment methods generally apply membrane-based treatment approaches. Ozonation of drinking water, which previously has only been possible at large centralized facilities, can now be accomplished on a small-scale using microplasma technology. The efficacy of decentralized solar-powered drinking water treatment systems has not previously been described. Methods: ... Read more >>

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Slow adoption of rapid testing: Beach monitoring and notification using qPCR.

Abhilasha Shrestha, Samuel Dorevitch,

In 2012 the US Environmental Protection Agency published new Recreational Water Quality Criteria, which for the first time, included criteria values and beach action values for quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) measurements or estimates of enterococci. The qPCR method makes it possible to generate indicator bacterial test results within several ... Read more >>

J Microbiol Methods (Journal of microbiological methods)
[2020, 174:105947]

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Solar Powered Microplasma-Generated Ozone: Assessment of a Novel Point-of-Use Drinking Water Treatment Method.

Samuel Dorevitch, Kendall Anderson, Abhilasha Shrestha, Dorothy Wright, Aloyce Odhiambo, Jared Oremo, Ira Heimler,

Ozonation is widely used in high-income countries for water disinfection in centralized treatment facilities. New microplasma technology has reduced the energy requirements for ozone generation dramatically, such that a 15-watt solar panel is sufficient to produce small quantities of ozone. This technology has not been used previously for point-of-use drinking ... Read more >>

Int J Environ Res Public Health (International journal of environmental research and public health)
[2020, 17(6):]

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A Pilot Study of Chicago Waterways as Reservoirs of Multidrug-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (MDR-Ent) in a High-Risk Region for Community-Acquired MDR-Ent Infection in Children.

Latania K Logan, Liqing Zhang, Stefan J Green, Samuel Dorevitch, Gustavo A Arango-Argoty, Kendrick Reme, Emily Garner, Jared Aldstadt, Yvette J Johnson-Walker, Mary K Hayden, Robert A Weinstein, Amy Pruden,

Community-acquired multidrug resistant <i>Enterobacteriaceae</i> (MDR-Ent) infections continue to increase in the United States. In prior studies, we identified neighboring regions in Chicago, Illinois, where children have 5 to 6 times greater odds of MDR-Ent infections. To prevent community spread of MDR-Ent, we need to identify the MDR-Ent reservoirs. A pilot ... Read more >>

Antimicrob Agents Chemother (Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy)
[2020, 64(4):]

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Fecal pollution source characterization at non-point source impacted beaches under dry and wet weather conditions.

Abhilasha Shrestha, Catherine A Kelty, Mano Sivaganesan, Orin C Shanks, Samuel Dorevitch,

Though Lake Michigan beaches in Chicago are not impacted by stormwater or wastewater outfalls, several of those beaches often exceed USEPA Beach Action Values (BAVs). We investigated the role of microbial source tracking (MST) as a complement to routine beach monitoring at Chicago beaches. In summer 2016, water samples from ... Read more >>

Water Res (Water research)
[2020, 182:116014]

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Multiple Sources of the Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in Genesee County, Michigan, in 2014 and 2015.

Anya F Smith, Anke Huss, Samuel Dorevitch, Leo Heijnen, Vera H Arntzen, Megan Davies, Mirna Robert-Du Ry van Beest Holle, Yuki Fujita, Antonie M Verschoor, Bernard Raterman, Frank Oesterholt, Dick Heederik, Gertjan Medema,

BACKGROUND:A community-wide outbreak of Legionnaires' disease (LD) occurred in Genesee County, Michigan, in 2014 and 2015. Previous reports about the outbreak are conflicting and have associated the outbreak with a change of water source in the city of Flint and, alternatively, to a Flint hospital. OBJECTIVE:The objective of this investigation ... Read more >>

Environ Health Perspect (Environmental health perspectives)
[2019, 127(12):127001]

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Standardized data quality acceptance criteria for a rapid Escherichia coli qPCR method (Draft Method C) for water quality monitoring at recreational beaches.

Mano Sivaganesan, Tiong Gim Aw, Shannon Briggs, Erin Dreelin, Asli Aslan, Samuel Dorevitch, Abhilasha Shrestha, Natasha Isaacs, Julie Kinzelman, Greg Kleinheinz, Rachel Noble, Rick Rediske, Brian Scull, Susan Rosenberg, Barbara Weberman, Tami Sivy, Ben Southwell, Shawn Siefring, Kevin Oshima, Richard Haugland,

There is growing interest in the application of rapid quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and other PCR-based methods for recreational water quality monitoring and management programs. This interest has strengthened given the publication of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-validated qPCR methods for enterococci fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) and has extended ... Read more >>

Water Res (Water research)
[2019, 156:456-464]

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Evaluation of rapid qPCR method for quantification of E. coli at non-point source impacted Lake Michigan beaches.

Abhilasha Shrestha, Samuel Dorevitch,

Most Great Lakes communities rely on culture-based E. coli methods for monitoring fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) at recreational beaches. These cultivation methods require 18 or more hours to generate results. As a consequence, public notifications about beach action value (BAV) exceedance are based on prior-day water quality. Rapid qPCR monitoring of ... Read more >>

Water Res (Water research)
[2019, 156:395-403]

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Minigrants to Local Health Departments: An Opportunity to Promote Climate Change Preparedness.

Elena Grossman, Michelle Hathaway, Kathleen F Bush, Matthew Cahillane, Dorette Q English, Tisha Holmes, Colleen E Moran, Christopher K Uejio, Emily A York, Samuel Dorevitch,

<h4>Context</h4>Human health is threatened by climate change. While the public health workforce is concerned about climate change, local health department (LHD) administrators have reported insufficient knowledge and resources to address climate change. Minigrants from state to LHDs have been used to promote a variety of local public health initiatives.<h4>Objective</h4>To describe ... Read more >>

J Public Health Manag Pract (Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP)
[2019, 25(2):113-120]

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Evaluation of multiple laboratory performance and variability in analysis of recreational freshwaters by a rapid Escherichia coli qPCR method (Draft Method C).

Tiong Gim Aw, Mano Sivaganesan, Shannon Briggs, Erin Dreelin, Asli Aslan, Samuel Dorevitch, Abhilasha Shrestha, Natasha Isaacs, Julie Kinzelman, Greg Kleinheinz, Rachel Noble, Rick Rediske, Brian Scull, Susan Rosenberg, Barbara Weberman, Tami Sivy, Ben Southwell, Shawn Siefring, Kevin Oshima, Richard Haugland,

There is interest in the application of rapid quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) methods for recreational freshwater quality monitoring of the fecal indicator bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli). In this study we determined the performance of 21 laboratories in meeting proposed, standardized data quality acceptance (QA) criteria and the variability of ... Read more >>

Water Res (Water research)
[2019, 156:465-474]

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Estimate of incidence and cost of recreational waterborne illness on United States surface waters.

Stephanie DeFlorio-Barker, Coady Wing, Rachael M Jones, Samuel Dorevitch,

BACKGROUND:Activities such as swimming, paddling, motor-boating, and fishing are relatively common on US surface waters. Water recreators have a higher rate of acute gastrointestinal illness, along with other illnesses including respiratory, ear, eye, and skin symptoms, compared to non-water recreators. The quantity and costs of such illnesses are unknown on ... Read more >>

Environ Health (Environmental health : a global access science source)
[2018, 17(1):3]

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Monitoring urban beaches with qPCR vs. culture measures of fecal indicator bacteria: Implications for public notification.

Samuel Dorevitch, Abhilasha Shrestha, Stephanie DeFlorio-Barker, Cathy Breitenbach, Ira Heimler,

<h4>Background</h4>The United States Environmental Protection Agency has established methods for testing beach water using the rapid quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) method, as well as "beach action values" so that the results of such testing can be used to make same-day beach management decisions. Despite its numerous advantages over culture-based ... Read more >>

Environ Health (Environmental health : a global access science source)
[2017, 16(1):45]

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Hospitalizations for heat-stress illness varies between rural and urban areas: an analysis of Illinois data, 1987-2014.

Jyotsna S Jagai, Elena Grossman, Livia Navon, Apostolis Sambanis, Samuel Dorevitch,

<h4>Background</h4>The disease burden due to heat-stress illness (HSI), which can result in significant morbidity and mortality, is expected to increase as the climate continues to warm. In the United States (U.S.) much of what is known about HSI epidemiology is from analyses of urban heat waves. There is limited research ... Read more >>

Environ Health (Environmental health : a global access science source)
[2017, 16(1):38]

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Water recreation and illness severity.

Stephanie DeFlorio-Barker, Timothy J Wade, Mary Turyk, Samuel Dorevitch,

The health endpoint of prior studies of water recreation has been the occurrence of gastrointestinal (GI) illness. This dichotomous measure fails to take into account the range of symptom severity among those with GI illness, and those who develop GI symptoms but who do not satisfy the definition of GI ... Read more >>

J Water Health (Journal of water and health)
[2016, 14(5):713-726]

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Estimated Costs of Sporadic Gastrointestinal Illness Associated with Surface Water Recreation: A Combined Analysis of Data from NEEAR and CHEERS Studies.

Stephanie DeFlorio-Barker, Timothy J Wade, Rachael M Jones, Lee S Friedman, Coady Wing, Samuel Dorevitch,

<h4>Background</h4>The burden of illness can be described by addressing both incidence and illness severity attributable to water recreation. Monetized as cost, attributable disease burden estimates can be useful for environmental management decisions.<h4>Objectives</h4>We characterize the disease burden attributable to water recreation using data from two cohort studies using a cost of ... Read more >>

Environ Health Perspect (Environmental health perspectives)
[2017, 125(2):215-222]

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Health Effects of Waterborne Contaminants: A Focus on Emerging Concerns.

Samuel Dorevitch,

Int J Environ Res Public Health (International journal of environmental research and public health)
[2015, 12(10):12886-12888]

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Moving into green healthy housing.

David E Jacobs, Emily Ahonen, Sherry L Dixon, Samuel Dorevitch, Jill Breysse, Janet Smith, Anne Evens, Doborah Dobrez, Marjie Isaacson, Colin Murphy, Lorraine Conroy, Peter Levavi,

<h4>Background</h4>Green building systems have proliferated but health outcomes and associated costs and benefits remain poorly understood.<h4>Objective</h4>To compare health before and after families moved into new green healthy housing with a control group in traditionally repaired housing.<h4>Design and setting</h4>Mixed methods study in 3 Chicago housing developments.<h4>Participants</h4>Public housing and low-income subsidized households ... Read more >>

J Public Health Manag Pract (Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP)
[2015, 21(4):345-354]

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Flight Bags as a Cause of Back Injuries Among Commercial Pilots.

Vamsi S R Kanumuri, John L Zautke, Samuel Dorevitch,

<h4>Background</h4>Pilots of fixed wing commercial aircraft face numerous occupational hazards. Low back pain is among the most common and costly workplace injury, though relatively little is known about causes of back injuries among pilots. The awkward lifting and twisting maneuvers in the flight deck to position flight bags has not ... Read more >>

Aerosp Med Hum Perform (Aerospace medicine and human performance)
[2015, 86(6):563-566]

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Water quality as a predictor of gastrointestinal illness following incidental contact water recreation.

Samuel Dorevitch, Stephanie DeFlorio-Barker, Rachael M Jones, Li Liu,

Microbial measures of water quality are predictors of gastrointestinal illness among swimmers in some settings but not in others. Little is known whether water quality measures predict illness among people who engage in popular water recreation activities such as paddling, rowing, fishing, or boating ("incidental contact water recreation"). We sought ... Read more >>

Water Res (Water research)
[2015, 83:94-103]

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A side-by-side comparison of three allergen sampling methods in settled house dust.

Megan Sandel, Johnna S Murphy, Sherry L Dixon, John L Adgate, Ginger L Chew, Samuel Dorevitch, David E Jacobs,

Understanding allergen exposure and potential relationships with asthma requires allergen sampling methods, but methods have yet to be standardized. We compared allergen measurements from dust collected from 200 households with asthmatics and conducted a side-by-side vacuum sampling of settled dust in each home's kitchen, living room and subject's bedroom by ... Read more >>

J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol (Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology)
[2014, 24(6):650-656]

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Evaluation of imputation methods for microbial surface water quality studies.

Chiping Nieh, Samuel Dorevitch, Li C Liu, Rachael M Jones,

Longitudinal studies of microbial water quality are subject to missing observations. This study evaluates multiple imputation (MI) against data deletion, mean or median imputation for replacing missing microbial water quality data. The specific context is data collected in Chicago Area Waterway System (2007-2009), where 45% of Escherichia coli and 53% ... Read more >>

Environ Sci Process Impacts (Environmental science. Processes & impacts)
[2014, 16(5):1145-1153]

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Receiver-operating characteristics analysis: a new approach to predicting the presence of pathogens in surface waters.

Burcu M Yavuz, Rachael M Jones, Stephanie DeFlorio-Barker, Ember Vannoy, Samuel Dorevitch,

Fecal indicator microbes are used to monitor the public health risks of recreating in surface waters. However, the importance of indicator tests as predictors of waterborne pathogens has been unclear. Numerous studies have also shown that the survival and growth of indicator organisms may depend on location-specific factors that cannot ... Read more >>

Environ Sci Technol (Environmental science & technology)
[2014, 48(10):5628-5635]

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