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People who don’t wash their hands after using the toilet spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Everyone knows that you need to wash your hands after visitingthe toilet. But does everyone do it? It turned out that those guys who are negligent in hygiene after visiting the restroom are guilty of spreading the antibiotic-resistant E.coli bacteria or E. coli. E. coli strains found in human feces are more likely to cause most infections than those found in chicken, pork or other types of meat. This conclusion was made by scientists from the University of East Anglia. So before shaking hands with colleagues at work, specify how long they washed their hands. No jokes - your health depends on it.

E.coli bacteria under the microscope

The most dangerous strains of bacteria live in the toilet

Scientists have considered a strain that producesan enzyme known as extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL), which makes it resistant to antibiotics. According to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases magazine, E. coli that produces ESBLs are spread due to poor hygiene practices and not through raw meat or other foods.

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Although most of the strains of E. coliharmless, some - common in the intestines of humans and animals - can cause serious food poisoning, urinary tract infections and even bloodstream infections. In September 2018, it became known about two British tourists who died after infection with E. coli. According to the lead author of the study, Professor Livermore, E. coli is the most common cause of blood poisoning: more than 40,000 cases of the disease are observed annually in England alone. About 10% of these cases are caused by highly resistant strains of ESBL.

Is it possible to get sick if you wash your hands all the time?

However, even if you closely monitorhygiene and regularly wash your hands, nothing prevents you from coming into contact with the bacteria of E. coli elsewhere. For example, in public toilets, bacteria can be found on toilet paper holders, door handles, and soap dispensers from previous users. And this is far from all. A 2012 report showed that there are 200 times more fecal bacteria on a chopping board in a household than on a toilet seat. The rag that wipes the table is 20,000 times dirtier than the toilet seat and the kitchen sponge 200,000 times. However, fecal matter usually enters these products through raw meat. Have you ever caught E. coli? Let's talk about the methods of treating this unpleasant disease with the participants of our Telegram chat.

Do you know how to wash your hands?

According to microbiologists, bacteria contamination,such as Escherichia coli, suggests that somewhere there is a hygiene problem - hand washing either does not occur often enough, or is not done efficiently enough. But meanwhile, hand washing is the basics of hygiene - every little child is aware of the need to wash their hands before eating and after visiting the toilet.

You need to know: A new way has been discovered for the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Our world is incredibly rich in diversity.microorganisms with which we are in constant contact, just do not notice it. We meet bacteria, fungi, viruses in the air that we breathe and on the surfaces we touch. Moreover, today, scientists are seriously concerned about the excessive use of antibiotics around the world. It is because of the improper and frequent use of these drugs that bacteria that are resistant to certain types of drugs have appeared. To limit the number of bacteria resistant to antibiotics, each of us must focus on thorough hand washing and proper control of the spread of infections, as well as on effective treatment under the supervision of specialists. Do you follow the rules of hygiene?