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Amazing What a Little Soap and Water Does!

Did you know?

1)  More than 50% of healthy persons have Staphylococcus aureus living in or on their nasal passages, throats, hair, or skin (1).

2)  Trachoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide, is related to the lack of facial hygiene (2).

3)  Inadequate contact lens hygiene, such as failure to properly disinfect lenses, is associated with an increased risk of acquiring the eye infection Acanthamoeba keratitis (3).

4)  The spread of pinworms can be reduced by proper hygiene, including clipping nails and showering children immediately after they wake in the morning (4).

5)  Within the first 15 minutes of bathing, the average person sheds 6 x 106 colony forming units (CFU) of Staphylococcus aureus (5).

(1)  Food and Drug Administration. Bad Bug Book – Staphylococcus aureus. Available at

(2)  Emerson PM, Burton M, Solomon AW, Mabey D, 2006.  The SAFE Strategy for Trachoma Control: Using Operational Research for Policy, Planning and Implementation.  Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2006;84:613-619.External Web Site Icon

(3)  Seal, DV, Kirkness CM, Bennett HG, Peterson M, 1999. Acanthamoeba keratitis in Scotland: risk factors for contact lens wearers. Contact Lens & Anterior Eye. 1999:22(2):58-68.

(4)  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fact Sheet: Pinworm Infection (Enterobiasis). Available at

(5)  Elmir SM et. al 2007. Quantitative evaluation of bacteria released by bathers in a marine water. Water Research 2007;41:3-10.


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