The Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) in partnership with IFH are hosting a 1 day conference on Thurs 11th Feb 2016. Most experts now agree that the hygiene hypothesis is a misnomer.
Researchers from the University of Colorado analysed the dust from 1,200 households across the USA. The average household had more than 2,000 different types of fungi. These included well-known moulds such as Aspergillus, Penicillium, Alternaria and Fusarium.
The problem is that we think hygiene and cleanliness are the same thing – and they are not. We are also completely confused between the role of the immune system in fighting infections, and its overreactions to allergens.
A new report entitled “Cleaning Hospital Room Surfaces to Prevent HCAIs” reveals the lack of knowledge on “proper cleaning” of a patient's room – but also illustrates the problems of misleading terminology.
Interesting blog posted by Jon Otter in “ Reflections on Infection prevention and Control”