Mom's advice about cleaning your hands may finally be starting to get through. In the August 2010 observational study sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute® (formerly The Soap and Detergent Association), 85% of adults washed their hands in public restrooms, compared with 77% in 2007. The 85% total was actually the highest observed since these studies began in 1996.
* Barbara Hyde, Director of Communications, American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C.
* Didier Pettit, Director, Infection Control Program, University of Geneva, Hospital, Switzerland
* Judy Daly, Professor of Pathology, University of Utah
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