Once someone in the office goes down with a cold or influenza, or the winter vomiting norovirus, the infection can spread very quickly to others. We tend to accept this as inevitable, but by understanding how these viruses spread, and by following common sense hygiene measures, we can do a lot t
A new study shows that adenovirus and norovirus can be found on surfaces in hospital wards even in the absence of an outbreak. Screening was carried out (using PCR methods) weekly for 6 months in 2 pediatric wards in a London Children’s Hospital.
An article in the New York Times, Dec 3rd looks at the problem of antibiotic resistance in India. A study has shown that, more than 58,000 infants died last year as a result bacterial infections that are resistant to most known antibiotics.
A study of door handles and push plates in 2 hospital intensive care units showed significant correlation between the frequency of movements through the door and the degree to which it was contaminated (p = <0.01).
A growing body of evidence indicates the presence of antibiotic resistant ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae in retail meat and food animals worldwide.