Friday, October 17, 2008

Global Hand Washing Day

Global Hand-Washing Day is celebrated on 15 October every year to raise awareness about the role hand washing plays in public health.
"Hand washing is one of the most important ways of controlling the spread of infections, especially those that cause diarrhoea, vomiting, colds and flu.``
"Global Handwashing Day serves as a timely reminder that people should always wash their hands after using the toilet, before eating or handling food, and after handling animals. And remember to cover all cuts and scratches with a waterproof dressing."
The Norovirus - the winter vomiting bug - is the most common cause of gastrointestinal disease. "Norovirus is highly infectious and easily spread in settings where people are in close contact with one another so good hygiene, including frequent handwashing, is really important.
"Unfortunately there is no specific treatment for norovirus apart from letting the illness run its course. Most people will make a full recovery within 1-2 days but it is important to drink plenty of fluids during that time to prevent dehydration especially in the very young or elderly."
So No need to take unnecessary antibiotics, If you are washing your hands with soap and water frequently.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Minocycline and japanese encephalitis; ABR and Disinfectants

Two researchers from National Brain Research Center (NBRC) suggest that a common antibiotic -minocycline- may prevent children from death due to Japanese encephalitis (JE), commonly known as brain fever. Japanese Encephalitis virus is the causative agent for JE. Although there is no consolidated official figure for JE cases in India, a rough estimate would indicate a few thousands fatalities every year­ /releases/2008/02/080219093000.htm

Efflux pumps can make antibiotics resistant also to disinfectant chemicals in hospitals (BBC)

Read The ``TRUE LIFE STORY``of a family infected with MRSA