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Superbug control measures questioned

John Kerr posted in on August 21st, 2014.

The jury is still out on the effectiveness of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) superbug control policies in hospitals, according to leading infectious disease experts in a Viewpoint published in The Lancet. In particular, screening and isolating infected patients-which have long been regarded as the gold standard MRSA prevention strategy and are required by law in […]

Sanitised hands don’t stop sick days

Laura Goodall posted in on August 13th, 2014.

Compared to good hand washing practice, using hand sanitisers does not reduce school sick leave in children, suggests New Zealand-led research published in PLOS Medicine this week. The study, led by Associate Professor Patricia Priest and colleagues from the University of Otago, involved almost 2,500 pupils at 68 primary schools in Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill. […]

Survey finds NZ hygiene slipping – NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on May 23rd, 2013.

An article in the New Zealand Herald reports on the results of a Kleenex-commissioned survey of the hygiene of Kiwis, featuring virus experts Dr Sue Huang from ESR and Dr Lance Jennings from Christchurch Hospital (who is an official supporter of the Kleenex Sneeze Safe campaign). An excerpt (read in full here): NZ sniffle hygiene is […]

The Timaru Herald: Bacteria – we’re covered in it

Peter Griffin posted in on July 26th, 2010.

Charley Mann writes in the Timaru Herald about the bacteria which cover all of our surfaces and which, according to a US expert, we should be trying harder to control. According to his research, environmental microbiologist Charles Gerba says that the average Kiwi office deskis covered by 200 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.  […]

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