Navigation Links
Real-world proof of hand washing's effectiveness
Date:6/30/2010

Scientists are reporting dramatic new real-world evidence supporting the idea that hand washing can prevent the spread of water-borne disease. It appears in a new study showing a connection between fecal bacteria contamination on hands, fecal contamination of stored drinking water, and health in households in a developing country in Africa. The study is in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal.

Alexandria Boehm, Jenna Davis, and their students note that almost half of the world's population over 3 billion people have no access to municipal drinking water supply systems. They obtain drinking water wells, springs, and other sources, and store it in jugs and other containers in their homes. Past research showed that this stored water can have higher levels of bacterial contamination than its source. But nobody knew why.

The scientists found a strong link between fecal contamination on the hands of household residents and bacterial contamination in stored water in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Stored water contained nearly 100 times more fecal bacteria than the source where it was collected. "The results suggest that reducing fecal contamination on hands should be investigated as a strategy for improving stored drinking water quality and health among households using non-networked water supplies," the report notes.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Real-world proof of hand washings effectiveness
2. Grant brings real-world science to Boston classrooms
3. UC and partners awarded $23 million to transform discoveries into real-world health solutions
4. Meeting real-world climate information needs of business, government
5. Researchers offer first proof that chemicals from seaweeds damage coral on contact
6. Hurricane-Proof Your Information
7. Caltech-led team provides proof in humans of RNA interference using targeted nanoparticles
8. Drug-proof zebrafish reveal secrets of addiction
9. Molecular typesetting -- proofreading without a proofreader
10. Complete Genomics releases proof-of-concept data for its sequencing technology for the first time
11. Engineer to present leak-proof method for carbon dioxide storage at international conference
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Real-world proof of hand washing's effectiveness
(Date:2/1/2016)... BURNABY, Canada , February 1, 2016 ... new technological advancements to drive global touchfree intuitive gesture ...   --> Rising sales of consumer electronics ... intuitive gesture control market size ... of consumer electronics coupled with new technological advancements to ...
(Date:1/25/2016)... BELL, Pa. , Jan. 25, 2016   Unisys Corporation ... recognition system at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, ... Border Protection (CBP) identify imposters attempting to enter ... do not belong to them. pilot testing of ... out initially at three terminals at JFK during January 2016. ...
(Date:1/20/2016)... -- A market that just keeps on growing. Molecular ... in genomics knowledge. Learn all about it in this ... dynamic trends are pushing market growth and company valuations. ... - pathogen evolution - next generation sequencing - emergence ... of the role of genetic material in Disease and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... With a presidential election in November ... Business Conference will bring together over 500 top healthcare leaders for a night and ... The conference, organized by MBA students of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, will ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Net-Translators, an industry-leading provider of translation, ... revamped and improved website. In an on-going effort to further educate customers and ... communicate how the company designs and delivers thorough, high-quality results for its growing ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... The American Academy ... history, it is offering its 2016 AAT Member Certification Qualification Course for Technicians via ... for the webinar, which will include a detailed review of hardware, software, and camera ...
(Date:2/9/2016)...  DNAtrix, a clinical stage, biotechnology company ... its lead product, DNX-2401, has been designated ... medicinal product for the treatment of glioma. ... approximately 25,000 people a year in the ... --> http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160208/330986LOGO ...
Breaking Biology Technology: