Simple tasks 'could help control spread of viruses'

28 December 2011

Controlling the spread of diseases and viruses in the workplace should be top of the agenda for healthcare services, according to one expert.

Dr Martin Wiselka, consultant in general medicine and infectious diseases at the University Hospitals of Leicester, has suggested that employees who feel unwell or are nauseous should immediately remove themselves from the workplace to minimise the risk of spreading bugs to other staff as well as patients.

He said: "If you are sick or if you contaminate the workplace, the chances are the whole office will get it and you won't be doing the office any favours."

Dr Wiselka also mentioned that a simple hygiene routine could help to reduce the risk of contamination.

He suggested that hands should be regularly washed and that staff should take care to ensure that all surfaces are kept clean.

The MRSA bug, which could lead to serious tissue infections, broke out in 2005 in UK hospitals.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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