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Simple measures may prevent transmission of H. pylori (stomach ulcer bacterium)

"The stomach ulcer bacterium Helicobacter pylori is not transmitted through drinking water as previously thought, but rather through vomit and possibly faeces. This is shown in a thesis at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. It is therefore possible to prevent the spread of the bacterium in developing countries through some fairly simple measures.

'Taking some cheap but powerful measures may prevent the spread of the bacterium. It could be enough to isolate vomiting patients especially from small children for a short period of time, since Helicobacter pylori is not able to survive for long outside the stomach. If isolation is not possible, it may suffice to pay extra attention to good hygiene', says doctoral student Anders Janzon."

Poster's comment: I've seen papers back to 1997 saying H. pylori is primarily transmitted via oral-oral and/or oral-fecal contact. I'm not sure how widespread the belief is that the stomach ulcer bug is transmitted through drinking water although there is lots of info and papers on the web that suggest it might be. Either way, this common sense approach makes sense to me.
 
 

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