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sparked a growing concern over the threat of ‘superbugs’.


The most well-known of these is probably MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), outbreaks of which have typically been found in hospitals. The illness associated with these bacteria usually develops in post-operative patients, but it can also be transmitted to visitors and hospital staff, which is why rigorous hygiene inside the hospital is extremely important.


Looking at the array of ‘nasties’ above, it is advisable to think of hand washing as a health and survival skill. In all of these cases, one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of the illness is through proper hand washing. Promoting good hand hygiene standards at home and work will signifi cantly reduce the risk of you catching these easily transferred diseases – encouraging this practice can reduce illness by 30-50% within a business environment.


Personal items, such as phones, handbags and computers come into regular contact with our hands, creating a high risk of cross-contamination and spreading germs from one surface to another. It is recommended that when we wash our hands, we wash them for approximately 30 seconds at a time – the same length of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.


The recent Ebola outbreak, which is sending shock waves around the world, points to the power of microorganisms to conceal themselves in the environment and suddenly re-emerge to cause illness where hygiene has been compromised. It is a reminder that there are all sorts of illnesses that we are much more likely to expose ourselves to if we don’t enforce correct hygiene practices, and a little extra care in hand and surface hygiene can go a long way to protecting ourselves against those risks.


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One of the most effective


ways of preventing the spread of the illness is through proper hand washing.


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