Contact with infected body fluids, such as blood, urine, feces, mucous, or the droplets sprayed into the air when a person coughs or sneezes can spread illness from one person to another. Some infections are spread through items that have been contaminated by drainage from infected sores, or discharges from the nose, mouth, eyes, or genital/rectal area. Controlling the spread of infections means interrupting the way illness travels from one person to another. Maintaining a clean environment helps to keep infections under control. Maintaining personal hygiene is important to your health.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
- Clean contaminated household and medical equipment thoroughly
- Meet your health needs
Good hand washing is the single most important way to control infection!