High fecal hand contamination among wilderness hikers

Am J Infect Control. 2012 Nov;40(9):893-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2011.11.009. Epub 2012 Mar 14.

Abstract

Information about hand hygiene and fecal hand contamination among the general public is limited. Hands are an important vector in transmission of various pathogenic bacteria. We found high (31%) prevalence of fecal hand contamination among healthy adults engaged in hiking.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bacteria / isolation & purification*
  • Bacterial Infections / epidemiology*
  • Carrier State / epidemiology*
  • Feces / microbiology*
  • Hand / microbiology*
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Sports
  • Wilderness