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2012-10-16 07:27:45

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Keeping children healthy is never an easy task, especially when they spend much of their day in schools, which are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. As many as 189 million school days are lost each year in the United States because of the common cold alone. And with flu season approaching, the number of sick days likely will increase. One way to help reduce illness is with proper cleaning techniques like those included in the...

2012-05-09 14:23:24

PHOENIX, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent outbreak of norovirus, a foodborne illness that causes severe symptoms including projectile vomiting and diarrhea, amongst an Oregon girls' soccer team was traced back to a reusable grocery bag by the Oregon Public Health Division. As documented in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, this represents the first verified occasion in which the virus was transported by an inanimate object. As the study noted, "this also illustrates one of the less...

2012-03-07 07:09:00

BOCA RATON, Fla., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- During the cold and flu season, about one-third of the surfaces people touch at work are contaminated with disease-causing germs, according to the world's leading expert on infectious disease, Dr. Charles Gerba. But few businesses or institutions use cleaning strategies that reduce germs and create a healthier environment. Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System®, a leading franchisor of commercial cleaning companies, maintains an official...

2011-10-10 11:00:00

TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Association for Food Protection's Food Protection Trends published a study in its latest issue revealing that most consumers surveyed never wash their reusable bags between uses, permitting bacteria to grow. The peer-reviewed study, completed by University of Arizona Microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba, found that large numbers of bacteria were found in almost all bags and that coliform bacteria were found in half of those tested....

2006-05-02 07:10:04

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Worried about colds, flu and other germs? Go ahead and touch those doorknobs and elevator buttons, but watch out for the telephone, fresh laundry and sinks, a top expert advises. And while you should always wash your hands before making a meal, many people do not realize that they should do so afterwards also, says Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and clean water expert at the University of Arizona. "Most of the...

2006-05-02 07:35:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Worried about colds, flu and other germs? Go ahead and touch those doorknobs and elevator buttons, but watch out for the telephone, fresh laundry and sinks, a top expert advises. And while you should always wash your hands before making a meal, many people do not realize that they should do so afterwards also, says Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and clean water expert at the University of Arizona. "Most of the common infections --...