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Infection at home?

health and fitness Updated: Oct 30, 2010 01:06 IST
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Household is where the maximum number of infections are born, a global hygiene council (GHC) study report revealed in a new finding. So while you may think that you can catch maximum infections from outside; you should pay attention to your house as well. “Nearly 90 percent of infections originate in our households because of unhygienic conditions,” said Narendra Saini, representative of the GHC.

The main source of bacterial and viral infections are door handles, refrigerators, towels and uncleaned floors at homes. Also, those with pets at home should maintain proper hygiene.

“It is not the dirt that we clean, it is the absence of germs that makes a surface hygienic and infection-free. The method of cleaning is much more important than the frequency of cleaning,” Saini added. The study, conducted in nine countries across the globe, was a joint venture of GHC and Reckitt Benckiser. “Diseases like swine flu can be prevented if proper hygiene is maintained. But a lot of awareness is required to tell people about the ways of maintaining hygiene,” said V.K. Monga, chairman of municipal health committee in Delhi.

“Civic bodies and GHC are working on awareness creation programmes in select schools of Delhi. Our target group for the programme are children,” Monga added. According to the GHC study, nearly 60 percent of diseases in India are communicable in nature.