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Taboo spreads infections

Religions that ban alcohol are partly to blame for the spread of infections in hospitals around the world, say some experts. Cultural and religious factors “strongly influence” the lack of hand washing.

Bacteria are the main cause of disease transmitted by dirty hands. These types of infections have been becoming more common around the world in the past 20 years. WHO recommends an alcohol-based solution as a disinfectant. The Jewish, Islamic, and Sikh religions teach everyday cleanliness. But Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and the Sikh religion all ban the use of alcohol. WHO has launched an international campaign to improve cleanliness in hospitals. It includes anthropologists among the experts, working on a clean hands strategy that takes into account religious and cultural factors.

Read the original article at: ABC Australia

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