Institute of Public Health, Sendai Municipal, Japan

Data Center Description
In order to prevent the spread of disease, the Institute of
Public Health conducts investigations for pathogens from the
outbreak of various infectious diseases following; influenza,
acute bacterial and viral diarrhea, AIDS, and so on. In order
to quickly discover the types of diseases contracted by infants,
blood and urine tests are conducted.

To prevent incidents related to food, clinical tests are
performed to investigate food poisoning and bacteriological and
viral exams. The institute checks to see whether or not
coloring and preservation agents are being properly used. And
it checks to see whether farm produce like tomatoes, cucumbers,
etc. contain any residue from farming chemicals. The institute
also confirms the safety of imported foods such as oranges,
lemons, and rice.

The institute is investigating the safety of well and private
water supplies. Confirming the safety of garments, detergents
and other products. Checking the water of swimming pools and
public baths. Investigating the source of odors in the living
environment. Searching for mites, a source of dust-borne
allergies in the home.

The institute is checking for damaging pollutants in smoke from
chimneys and smokestacks. Checking the level of pollution in
the air and rain of Sendai City. Searching for the presence of
heavy metals and chemical substances in the soil. Investigating
the harmful properties in waste to prevent environmental
pollution.

The institute gathers public hygiene information on symptoms and
a condition related to the spread of infectious diseases and
disseminates it in a clear fashion.

Website: http://www.city.sendai.jp/kenkou/eisei-ken/hygiene/index-e.html

[Summary provided by Sendai City Institute of Public Health.]