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America's Dirty Little Secret: Second Handwashing Survey Reveals Americans Still Don't Get It

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September 19, 2000
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Despite an ever increasing threat from antibiotic resistant "superbugs" and emerging new microbial illnesses, at least one third of Americans appear to have forgotten the single best piece of infection control advice Mom ever gave them - always wash your hands after you go to the bathroom.

Despite an ever increasing threat from antibiotic resistant "superbugs" and emerging new microbial illnesses, at least one third of Americans appear to have forgotten the single best piece of infection control advice Mom ever gave them - always wash your hands after you go to the bathroom. While 95 percent of men and women surveyed say they wash their hands after using a public restroom, only 67 percent of people actually do wash before leaving the restroom, according to the results of a new survey and observational study conducted for the American Society of Microbiology's Clean Hands Campaign released here today at the ASM's Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy meeting (ICAAC).


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American Society For Microbiology. "America's Dirty Little Secret: Second Handwashing Survey Reveals Americans Still Don't Get It." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 September 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/09/000919080326.htm>.
American Society For Microbiology. (2000, September 19). America's Dirty Little Secret: Second Handwashing Survey Reveals Americans Still Don't Get It. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/09/000919080326.htm
American Society For Microbiology. "America's Dirty Little Secret: Second Handwashing Survey Reveals Americans Still Don't Get It." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/09/000919080326.htm (accessed April 21, 2014).

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