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Hand-Washing Key to Stopping Spread of Disease
Date:12/30/2011

ays be washed before: preparing food or eating; treating cuts or other wounds; handling medicine or caring for someone sick; or touching contact lenses.

The CDC also recommends washing hands after: handling raw meat and poultry; using the bathroom or changing a diaper; touching animals or pet toys, leashes or waste; coughing, sneezing or nose blowing; treating wounds or caring for a sick person; carrying garbage, chemicals or anything that could be contaminated; using public transportation.

When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol can effectively clean hands, according to the news release.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on hand-washing.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Society for Women's Health Research, news release, Dec. 21, 2011


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