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Date:7/2/2008

ing, swim wear, combs, soap, shampoo or shaving gear.
  • Inquire how high-touch areas and equipment are being cleaned, how often and what type of cleanser is being used. If the gym provides towels, customers need to know if the gym washes and dries them in temperatures high enough to kill MRSA.
  • Finally, practice good personal hygiene in and out of the gym.

    "Washing your hands a number of times a day is the best defense we have against MRSA infections. That simple act trumps everything else that you can do," Alex Tomich, an infection control practitioner at Loyola University Medical Center, said in a prepared statement. "And you should always make sure to shower after every workout."

    More information

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about MRSA.



    -- Kevin McKeever



    SOURCE: Loyola University Health System, news release, June 11, 2008


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