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From the CDC: Early Report of Serious Eye Infections Associated with Soft Contact Lens Solution  (5/25/2007)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), collaborating with the Food and Drug Administration, state and other partners, has identified an outbreak of a serious but rare eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). This infection is caused by a free-living ameba (Acanthamoeba) a microscopic organism found everywhere in nature. Infections can result in permanent visual impairment or blindness... More

Facts about Community Water Fluoridation  (3/21/2007)
Fluoride works to prevent caries in several ways, including: fluoride in plaque and saliva inhibit demineralization of enamel and improves recovery of damaged enamel; and fluoride reduces the activity of More

Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Annual Report  (11/14/2006)
11/14/2006 - The City of Portland Public Health Division is pleased to announce the publication of its Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Annual Report. Included are updates on each of the Division's six program areas, noteworthy health indicators for the region, and plans for addressing other priority health issues in the future. Hard copies are available by contacting phweb@portlandmaine.gov. More

Pandemic Flu  (11/2/2006)
The American Red Cross has developed a home care guide for pandemic flu planning. Information includes definitions of terms, flu prevention guidelines, and treatment recommendations. More

Mold Information  (11/2/2006)

Mold detection and control information has been produced by the Maine Bureau of General Services, the Maine Bureau of Air Quality, the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Portland City Council Votes to Support More Smoke-Free Housing  (8/7/2006)
On Monday, July 17, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution to reduce the number of Portland residents in multi-unit housing exposed to secondhand smoke. The resolution states that the City of Portland believes that all residents deserve to breathe clean air and live in a smoke-free environment. More

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