4 Illnesses to Watch Out for This Summer

People see summer as the time to get outside as much as possible to enjoy long, hot days. And because the warm, sunny weather increases the number of people that frequent business facilities, property managers need to keep the right hygiene products around and encourage everyone to stay healthy.

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Recreational Water Illnesses

Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by bacteria found in pools, bodies of water, and water play areas that cause a person to develop diarrhea or skin, nose, ear, eye, or respiratory infections. The typical culprits include Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E. Coli, and Shigella. These germs are often brought in by swimmers who have not cleaned off before entering the water. While chlorine does kill most of them, the amount of time it takes varies, so these microbes can live for over an hour and infect many swimmers before being eliminated.

Prevent It!

Ensure that swimmers shower first. On average, each person who does not shower before entering the pool brings in 0.14 grams of feces, which are often the mode of transmission for these bacteria. Maintaining clean locker rooms and having a Hair and Body Shampoo dispensers available will make that shower fast and simple for everyone. Also, parents should also take their young children and infants out of the water for frequent bathroom breaks. With baby-changing tables and diaper disposal units, they can easily and effectively accomplish this.

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Whooping Cough

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is caused by Bordetella pertussis. Symptoms start off innocently enough and include a runny nose, cough, and low-grade fever much like the common cold. Approximately 7-10 days later, an infected individual will experience intense coughing fits with the telltale “whooping” sound. This illness spreads easily in crowded places and in summer it is a common problem at camps.

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Prevent It!

The strongest form of protection is vaccination; however, good hygiene habits can keep children and adults from catching it too. Washing hands with the help of touch-free soap dispensers, faucets, and air hand dryers or paper towel dispensers will reduce cross-contamination and help keep pertussis germs away.

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Enteroviruses

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) and viral meningitis are both caused by enteroviruses. According to Joe Perno, M.D., of Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, there is a “spike” in these illnesses during the summer.” HFMD is known for the red blisters it causes on the palms of hands, bottoms of feet, and the painful ones inside of mouths. Viral meningitis causes the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed and includes symptoms of fever, irritability, lack of appetite, and lethargy in kids and adults. Both sicknesses are easily spread by touch and contact with contaminated surfaces!

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Prevent Them!

Hand hygiene and regularly sanitizing high-touch areas are essential to decrease the risk. In restrooms, providing touch-free fixtures for flushing the toilets and washing hands will reduce cross-contamination. Outside of the bathroom, surface-sanitizing wipes will quickly disinfect any non-porous surface and inhibit regrowth of microbes.

Protect your customers and employees. Make hygiene a priority in your business, and help everyone to have a healthy and happy summer!

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