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Are All Those Handshakes at Graduation Hazardous to Your Health?
Date:5/20/2011

by the general public," concluded Bishai. "With a lower bound estimate of one bacterial pathogen acquired in 5,209 handshakes, the study offers the politicians, preachers, principals, deans and even amateur hand shakers some reassurance that shaking hands with strangers is not as defiling as some might think."

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips on practicing proper hand hygiene.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, news release, May 16, 2011


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