Earlier this month, the city of Pittsburgh found girardia in the water. A vast majority of the city was put on precautionary measures until the water contamination was cleaned out of the systems. This put schools and hospitals on precautions as well. Bottled waters and jugs were distributed at Duquesne and water fountains in all public schools in the affected areas were covered up. Fox News reported that 100,000 residents were affected by this outbreak and were on an advisory to flush and boil tap water before drinking or cooking with it(Pittsburgh water advisory lifted).
As the health care field is affected by these contamination within the community, nurses play a role in ensuring the safety of the public. The main task of a public health nurse is to educate the public on ways to reduce the spread of diseases and viruses. Some educational tasks might include proper hand-washing skills. Community nursing promotes the health of populations, primarily lower income areas. As Pittsburgh has a diverse community, these specialized nurses help promote the resources for communities.
Pittsburgh water advisory lifted. (n.d.). Retrieved February 27, 2017, from http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/02/02/water-testing-update-expected-amid-pittsburgh-contamination-concerns.html