Faecal samples from 1365 healthy asymptomatic volunteers from 4 regions in England were screened for the presence of Clostridium difficile between Dec 2013 and July 2014. Carriage rate of C.
A study of 29 washing machines and 24 dishwashers showed that genes encoding for resistance to β-lactamase antibiotics were present in 79% of the washing machines and 96% of dishwashers.
This new study looks at the microbial species which can be found in used kitchen sponges.
When giving hygiene advice, we just assume that “handwashing with soap “works” – but in reality there is little or no data to show whether this is true-and how hygiene effectiveness might be improved soap formulation, more rigorous hand rubbing and rinsing etc..