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Shared toilet increases risk of toothbrush contamination, study says

Shared toilet increases risk of toothbrush contamination, study says

To get the results, toothbrushes were collected from students at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut (USA). Regardless of the storage method, at least 60% of the toothbrushes were contaminated with fecal coliforms. All the brushes were taken from students who shared toilets, at an average of 9.4 residents per bathroom. There were no differences in the efficacy of the decontamination methods - between cold water, hot water or oral antiseptic lavage, and 100% of brushes regularly sanitized with antiseptic presented fecal contamination.

According to the scientists, the greatest concern is toothbrushes are contaminated with another person's fecal material - there is a 80% chance of this cross-contamination. This situation is more delicate since third-party fecal coliforms contain bacteria, viruses or parasites that are normally present in the intestinal flora of some people, but can do harm to others.

Best hygiene practices are recommended for students who share bathrooms, say the researchers. In addition, toothbrushes are a known source of contamination. Since the last century it has been suspected that the re-use of toothbrushes may be a possible source of infection in the oral cavity. However, scholars state that toothbrushes stored in shared toilets are especially vulnerable to contamination with toilet material from other occupants.


The dream of graduation and a new crisis

The dream of graduation and a new crisis

Last month of 2009 , concludes the degree in Physical Education, but my dream was the baccalaureate to be able to work in clubs and academies, more specifically in the field of bodybuilding. However, after the diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), I had readapted and specialized in the aquatic area.

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Government of SP intensifies vaccination against yellow fever in the interior

Government of SP intensifies vaccination against yellow fever in the interior

On Tuesday (24), almost a thousand people faced a long line to get vaccinated against the disease in the mounted outpost in the Grape Park, in the district Anhangabaú, in Jundiaí. According to the epidemiological bulletins issued by city halls, more than 60 monkeys died of fever in the region; 48 in Jundiaí, 13 in Itatiba, one in Jarinu and another in Campo Limpo Paulista.

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