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Study of hand hygiene and enteroparasite infestation among food handlers working in a medical college of North India.
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PMID:  16933748     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present study was conducted to assess: 1) Prevalence of enteroparasite infestation among food handlers working in food service establishments located in the campus of a medical college, 2) Presence of enteric organisms on their hands and nails and their hand washing practices. A total of 151 food handlers were interviewed regarding their socio-demographic and professional characteristics. Their hand washing practices were also observed. Stool examination for enteroparasites and stool culture for Salmonella & Shigella and culture of nail clippings / nail bed swabs for detecting presence of enteric organisms were also carried out. Prevalence of enteroparasite infestation was observed to be 41.1%. None of the stool samples was observed to be positive for Salmonella or Shigella. Enteric organisms were isolated from nail clippings/nail bed swab samples of 76 (73.1%) study subjects. Hand washing practices were observed to be poor with low use of soap. Findings highlight importance of periodic stool examination and deworming of food handlers and need to educate them about importance of maintaining hand hygiene with a focus on improving their hand washing practices.
Rahul Malhotra; Panna Lal; S Krishna Prakash; Mridul Kumar Daga; Jugal Kishore
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian journal of pathology & microbiology     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0377-4929     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian J Pathol Microbiol     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-28     Completed Date:  2006-10-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7605904     Medline TA:  Indian J Pathol Microbiol     Country:  India    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  296-301     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Feces / microbiology,  parasitology
Food Handling* / manpower,  statistics & numerical data
India / epidemiology
Intestinal Diseases, Parasitic / epidemiology*,  prevention & control,  transmission
Middle Aged
Schools, Medical

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