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CMM Weekly News Recap-November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019

At CMM, we take infection control seriously. Several news stories this week focused on infection hazards and methods to lower the risks of catching an infectious disease.

A new study found that the biggest culprit behind E. coli infections is people who don’t wash their hands after using the restroom, rather than germs found in the kitchen and on contaminated food. Researchers examining fecal and blood samples found that the E. coli strains responsible for most serious infections were found in the human blood, sewage, and fecal samples, while strains responsible for less serious illnesses were more commonly found in animal meat and slurry, which is a mixture of particles, including manure, in water.

Another source of pathogens that can cause serious infections is personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by environmental services staff and other health care workers. A study found that these workers often remove their gowns, gloves, and other pieces of PPE incorrectly, contaminating themselves with the germs and possibly spreading these pathogens elsewhere.

Thorough cleaning using appropriate cleaning agents can remove bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens responsible for the spread of infections. CMM featured several new and innovative cleaning products that can help your facility combat dangerous infections. Not only can you read about these products, you can vote for your favorite, and possibly even win a US$500 gift card.

Do your best to stay away from germs this weekend and we’ll see you on Monday with more news.

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