International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

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International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

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Effect of intensive handwashing in the prevention of diarrhoeal illness among patients with AIDS: a randomized controlled study.

Seventy-five patients were randomly assigned to an intensive handwashing intervention (after defecation, after cleaning infants who had defecated, before preparing food, before eating, and before and after sex) and 73 patients were assigned to the control group. Patients assigned to the intensive handwashing intervention group washed their hands more frequently compared with the control group (7 vs. >4 times a day, respectively; P<0.05) and developed fewer episodes of diarrhoeal illness (1.24+/-0.9 vs. 2.92+/-0.6 new episodes of diarrhoea, respectively; P<0.001) during the 1-year observation. Journal of Medical Microbiology 2007; 56: 659-63.