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Spate of Staph Infections Highlight the Need for Thorough, Consistent Cleaning Regimen at Home, at School and at Work
Date:10/29/2007

Use of Proven Disinfectant Products Is A Key Element To An Effective Hygiene Protocol. So-Called "Green" Alternatives May Not Be As Effective

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The recent outbreak of staph infections in schools throughout the country serves as an important reminder of the importance of routine, thorough cleaning and targeted disinfection of buildings where a large number of people constantly live, work or play. This includes schools, office buildings and hospitals. Also, because bacteria and viruses such as salmonella, E. Coli, influenza and staph can be brought into the home and live on hard surfaces such as kitchen and bathroom counters, doorknobs and stair rails, it is important to clean and disinfect the home using the proper products as well.

"Hand washing is an important deterrent to disease transmission, but disinfecting cleaning products kill bacteria and viruses that soap and water alone will not," said Chris Cathcart, President of the Consumer Specialty Products Association. "Disinfectant products serve as an important part of a hygiene program for the home just as they do for institutions such as hospitals, restaurants and schools. Many people are considering using "green" alternatives to these tried and true cleaning products. Some public authorities, such as school districts, are even contemplating mandating their use. Studies have shown that the most commonly recommended alternatives are not effective against germs that cause disease. When making such decisions, it is important to consider the true effectiveness of alternatives in helping to prevent the spread of potentially deadly diseases."

Disinfectant products can kill even antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Real-life studies have confirmed that the use of disinfectant products does not contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance which is often associated with the frequent use of antibiotic drugs. At the same time, the use of disinfect
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