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Hygiene measures and microorganisms in Japanese households.

This study enumerated bacteria and fungi from over 100 places in the home directly touched by people. The study was carried out in 86 households with pre-school children. The kitchen and dining room had the greatest level of microbial contamination, with bathrooms the next highest level. The largest bacterial counts were for wet/moist items such as dishwashing sponges, sinks and bathroom sponges. Toilets were found to have an unexpectedly low level of bacterial contamination. Fungi were found throughout the homes. The authors conclude it is necessary to identify items that can spread bacteria (e.g. cloths/sponges) and the places such as kitchen counter tops that subsequently become contaminated, and use timely and effective disinfection or sanitising measures, after activities such as handling raw meat. They highlight that attention should be paid when the home contains vulnerable groups. Journal of Applied Microbiology 2002;93:800–809.