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Don't Get Caught Dirty Handed

When it comes to washing their hands, Americans say they are getting the message, but their actions speak otherwise.  While nine out of ten (92%) Americans, in a recent telephone survey, said they always washed their hands after using a public restroom, an observational survey in 5 cities found the actual number to be more like 3 out of 4 (77%).  That’s down nearly 10% from a similar study done in 2005, and it’s all the men’s fault.  The percentage of males observed washing their hands fell from 75% in 2005 to 66% in 2007.  Overall, percentage of females observed washing their hands is only down slightly from 90% in 2005 to 88% in 2007.

**New Poster for International Clean Hands Week (September 20-26, 2009)**
Courtesy of the Clean Hands Coalition

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