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SDA Survey Release

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WASHINGTON — Consumer confidence in the cleaning products they use every day remains strong, according to a survey from The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA). Eighty-eight percent of adults believe
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Alarming rise in cruise ship norovirus outbreaks despite cleaning

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CHARLOTTE, SC — Only three months into 2010, there have already been eight cruise ship norovirus outbreaks — a startling number compared to the total 15 outbreaks last year.
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Norovirus warning issued in the state of Florida

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TALLAHASSEE, FL — There is no known treatment for norovirus, and people with symptoms are encouraged to get plenty of rest, consume extra liquids to avoid dehydration and stay home to avoid spreading the virus.
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Officials: Next wave of H1N1 on its way

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WASHINGTON — The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the pandemic has not waned, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that a third wave may be making the rounds.
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Rare meningitis outbreak declared at university

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COLUMBUS, OH — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared an outbreak and launched an investigation into seven cases of meningitis at Ohio University (OU), the latest of which resulted in a death.
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Study: Bulk soap dispensers leave 10 times more bacteria on students' hands

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AKRON, OH — A study conducted by GOJO Industries found that washing with soap from open refillable bulk soap dispensers left ten times the amount of bacteria on students'' hands when compared to washing with soap from sealed refills.
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Officials confirm hantavirus death, urge caution when cleaning

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GREELEY, CO — The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed the death of a resident was caused by hantavirus pulmonary syndrome spread by mice.
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Anthrax remediation costs add up quickly

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DURHAM, NH — The remediation of an arts center where a woman was exposed to anthrax will cost upwards of $70,000.
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Preventative cleaning only solution for rare bacteria

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HAMILTON, OH — There are no antibiotics developed to fight the lesser-known acinetobacter baumannii category of bacteria, leaving cleaning and sanitation as the only tools to prevent infection.
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Study: HAIs killed 48,000, cost $8 billion in one year

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WASHINGTON — A new study reveals that hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) like MRSA killed 48,000 people and cost over $8 billion to treat in 2006.
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