People who do not wash their hands after using the toilet, spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Everyone knows that you need to wash your hands after using the toilet. But is everyone doing it? It turned out, the guys who neglect hygiene after visiting the toilet, responsible for the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria E. coli or Escherichia coli. Strains of E. coli, found in human faeces are more likely to cause the majority of infections than those present in chicken, pork or other meats. To such conclusion scientists from the University of East Anglia. So before you shake hands with colleagues at work ask how long they wash their hands. No joke — it affects your health.

E. coli bacteria under the microscope

The most dangerous strains of bacteria living in the toilet

Scientists have examined the strain which produces an enzyme known as beta-lactamase extended spectrum (ESBL), which makes it resistant to antibiotics. According to the results of the study, which was published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, E. coli producing ESBL are distributed because of lack of hygiene, and not through raw meat or other food.

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

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

However, even if you carefully follow the hygiene and regularly wash their hands, nothing prevents you to get in touch with coliform bacteria in different location. For example, in public toilets bacteria can be on the toilet paper holders, door handles and soap dispensers from the previous users. And that’s not all. The report for 2012 showed that on a cutting Board in the household is 200 times more fecal bacteria than a toilet seat. Rag, which wipe off the table 20,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat, a kitchen sponge is 200,000 times. However, fecal masses usually get these products through raw meat. Did you happen to catch E. coli? Let’s talk about ways to treat this unpleasant disease with the participants in our Telegram chat.

And you know how to wash hands?

According to microbiologists, bacterial contamination, such as E. coli, suggests that somewhere there is a problem of hygiene — hand washing is either not happening often enough, or not done effectively enough. But meanwhile, hand washing is the basics of hygiene — every little child is aware of the need to wash hands before eating and after using the toilet.

Need to know: Discovered a new way the emergence of bacteria resistant to antibiotics

Our world is incredibly rich diversity of microorganisms, with whom we are in constant contact, just don’t notice this. We meet by bacteria, fungi, viruses in the air that we breathe and on surfaces we touch. Moreover, today, scientists are seriously concerned about the excessive use of antibiotics worldwide. It is because of the improper and frequent use of these medicines appeared bacteria that are resistant to certain types of drugs. To limit the number of bacteria resistant to antibiotics, each of us must focus on thorough hand-washing and proper control the spread of infections, and effective treatment under the supervision of specialists. And you follow the rules of hygiene?

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