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Wed Oct 23, 2019, 02:47 AM

Poor toilet hygiene behind E. coli superbug spread

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-50140871

Poor toilet hygiene behind E. coli superbug spread

7 hours ago

People not washing their hands after going to the toilet, rather than undercooked meat, is behind the spread of a key strain of E. coli.

Experts looked at thousands of blood, faecal and food samples. They found human-to-human transmission was responsible - "faecal particles from one person reaching the mouth of another".

Public Health England said hand-washing and good hygiene were key to preventing the spread of infections.

There are many different strains of E. coli. Most are harmless but some can cause serious illness.

Antibiotic-resistant E. coli is increasingly common. Strains which have 'Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamases (ESBLs) - enzymes that destroy penicillin and another antibiotic, cephalosporin - are causing particular concern.
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In the study, published in Lancet: Infectious Diseases, the team analysed 20,000 human faecal samples and 300 blood samples plus hundreds of sewage samples, animal slurry and meats including beef, pork and chicken - as well fruit and salad.

One strain - ST131 - was seen in the majority of human samples from all three sources. It is found in the gut but can, usually via urinary tract infections, cause serious infections.

However, the strains found in meat, cattle and animal slurry were mostly different.
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He said maintaining food hygiene was still important - people should handle raw meat carefully, not least because there are other strains of food-poisoning bacteria that come through the food chain.

But he added: "Here - in the case of ESBL-E. coli - it's much more important to wash your hands after going to the toilet.

"It's particularly important to have good hygiene in care homes, as most of the severe E. coli infections occur among the elderly, and people may need help going to the toilet."
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Response to nitpicker (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 03:12 AM

1. In your home, in your car, in care homes, in hospitals . . . bugs!

Wife has a bottle of alcohol based hand wash in the glovebox and her purse.

Get used a lot. Like after pushing a supermarket shopping trolley.

Local hospital has hand sanitiser dispensers everywhere. Literally, in every corridor and waiting room. Big notices, too.

I'm slowly getting the message, took a while though.

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Response to Aussie105 (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 05:38 AM

2. The anti-bacterial soap can only do so much and it might even contribute to...

Resistance. Warm-to-hot water and soapy hands are still the best way to wash both viruses and bacteria down the drain.

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Response to nitpicker (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 05:42 AM

3. Mom was right after all when she made me wash up before sitting down to eat.

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 09:41 AM

4. Always. Before eating, before handling food for meals, before removing dishes from the dishwasher

before putting drugs and supplements in the weekly organizer.

Spouse and I caught severe cold while touring, of course. So we have been very conscientious about lathering with soap for 20 seconds.

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