ABLUTION DEEP CLEANING
HOUSTON'S HYGIENE SERVICES
Germs on and around toilets present a problem chiefly because of the presence of fecal matter. The term germs can refer to microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. Fecal matter is packed with bacteria and sometimes carries other germs. Additionally, those who come into contact with fecal matter can pick up and infect themselves with the eggs of worms such as tapeworms and pinworms.
o Staphylococcus bacteria and streptococcus bacteria carried on skin can be transferred from person to person via the toilet seat. Dr. Harold Oster, infectious disease specialist at Scripps Clinic Medical Group, maintains, however, that the risk of transmission is small. These bacteria cause a range of health problems from skin diseases like impetigo to serious infections such as rheumatic fever.
Fecal coliform bacteria, also known as E.coli, is common to humans, but causes a problem when spread to the vagina, usually by poor wiping technique. Contact between the body and fecal matter left behind on toilet seats can also contribute to transmission. E.coli 0157 most commonly causes recognized infections or outbreaks of human illness, advises the CDC. This bacterial group is one of many that produce Shiga toxin, and infection often is marked by bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, vomiting and low-grade fever, but E.coli also can cause respiratory infections. Dirty hands transfer germs like E.coli to food. According to Foodservice.com, the fecal-hand-oral route, driven by failure to properly wash your hands after using the restroom, is "the No. 1 pathway for foodborne illness." The CDC notes that health care specialists cite hand washing as the "single most effective way to prevent the transmission of disease."
o Amoebic dysentery is caused by the parasite Entamoeba histolytica, which lives in the large intestine of humans. People contaminate food and water through poor sanitation practices. Direct or indirect oral to anal contact and contact with human waste can spread the parasite. Symptoms of infection include chronic diarrhea, and infection may spread to organs outside of the digestive system, causing significant health problems.
o The Norwalk virus is just one example of a viral agent passed through the fecal matter of infected persons. Contaminated food and water, sewage and fecal material on the hands of infected persons can carry the virus from person to person. According to Foodservice.com, a single gram of feces can contain 1 million particles of Norwalk virus, and "the infectious dose for Norwalk virus is only 10 particles." Viral gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the digestive system characterized by diarrhea and vomiting, is the general term for infections caused by rotaviruses, noroviruses and adenoviruses.
Sometimes the person is afraid to use the toilet at work for fear of infection. As a result, if they work in a hot environment, we have to worry about dehydration and heat stroke. These persons tend to avoid drinking adequate liquids to keep from having to go to the rest room. If this habit persists for more than a few days, a bladder infection may develop and cause absence from work.
This fear can lead to trying to hold urine or avoiding bowel movements for long periods of time. These habits can lead to infections, damage to bladder or kidneys, and chronic constipation. Overall, it is obviously far better to avoid creating paranoia about such necessities of life. While it is true that urinals and toilets can be a source of germs or infections you can make it unlikely that germs will be picked up. Let’s take a look at teaching safe use of public toilets.
The water contained within the bowls of every public toilet and urinal probably contains bacteria