Research: Washing hands best way to stop E. coli

October 30, 2019

People failing to wash their hands after going to the toilet is behind much of the spread of according to new research.

Scientists have discovered that the likeliest route of transmission for ESBL-E. coli is directly from human to human, with fecal particles from one person reaching the mouth of another, according to an article on the Channel 3000 website.

E.coli is the most common cause of blood poisoning, with more than 40,000 cases per year in England, the article said.

Researchers analyzed 20,000 fecal samples and hundreds of blood samples, publishing their findings in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

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