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July CMM: Biowarfare In The Restroom

July 30, 2009
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The July issue of Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine is now available online, featuring Dr. Jay Glasel''s "Biowarfare In The Restroom: Mitigating Toilet ''Sneeze''" article.
Glasel states that from pioneering work done by microbiologists nearly 50 years ago, it has been known that flushing of many types of toilets produces bacteria-bearing aerosols with droplet sizes closely approximating those from human sneezes and military bioweapons.
He notes that the bacteria-containing aerosol droplets from toilet sneeze remain airborne for relatively long times before coming to rest on — and contaminating — both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
Glasel adds that since human solid waste is known to contain many hundreds of different species of bacteria, many of them pathogens — species that cause disease in humans and animals — toilet sneeze is a very efficient way of spreading potentially dangerous bacterial contamination all over restrooms, especially in multi-stall public restrooms.
According to Glasel, the only currently available solution to minimize toilet sneeze-caused contamination is proper restroom cleaning.
Dr. Glasel is the managing member and founder of Global Scientific Consulting LLC. He is also a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Microbial, Molecular and Structural Biology at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medecine in Farmington, CT. Co-editor and an author for the Academic Press textbook Introduction to Biophysical Methods for Protein and Nucleic Acid Research, Dr. Glasel''s scientific research has been in the fields of structural biochemistry, molecular immunology, pharmacology and cell biology.
Click here to view the digital version of the July issue.
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