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GOJO microbiologists, scientists, nurses and communication professionals post regularly and we also get the views of outside experts and thought leaders in the field. It’s all part of the GOJO Purpose, saving lives and making lives better through well-being solutions.

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10 Reasons You Should Consider Upping Your Infection Prevention Game

10/31/2019

By Morgan Paris

Market Development Manager

The risk of injury during practice or games is obvious given the nature of sports, but infections aren’t always seen as being equally dangerous to an athlete’s season. Athletes can miss days or weeks with illnesses like the flu or mono, and more serious infections like MRSA have even ended careers.

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Share the Victory, Not the Germs

9/26/2019

By Amanda Kaye

Market Development Director

Athletes spend a tremendous amount of time with their teammates, coaches and training staff. It’s no secret that team chemistry is essential to winning, but when does that camaraderie put athletes at risk for illness? Student athletes’ schedules are hectic to say the least, and the training staff stays just as busy with their day-to-day tasks. It takes teamwork to win on the field, but it also takes teamwork in athletic facilities to prevent the spread of illness-causing germs that can sideline athletes. Because germs don’t stay in the training room, infection prevention is a shared responsibility for everyone who cleans these facilities – from training rooms to stadiums and beyond.

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Hepatitis A: What We Know (and Can Learn) from the Outbreaks

8/13/2019

By Chip Manuel, Ph.D.

Food Safety Science Advisor

According to Florida Department of Health, the state had 106 hepatitis A cases in 2014. 123 in 2015. 122 in 2016. In 2017, that number doubled to 276. In 2018, it almost doubled again – reaching 548 cases. As of August 3rd, that number is almost 4x the number of cases from the previous year. In 2019, 2,123 hepatitis A cases have been reported to date. In fact, in the week of July 28th to August 3rd had 81 hepatitis A cases. While Florida is getting the most media attention, 29 states have reported an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak, according to the CDC.

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MRSA: An Invisible Opponent to Collegiate Athletes
MRSA: An Invisible Opponent to Collegiate Athletes

6/4/2019

By Tori Kinamon

Former Student Athlete, MRSA Survivor

I remember looking out of a hospital window and seeing my college campus on the other side of the highway-- I was supposed to be there, studying for exams and training for my next gymnastics competition -- but instead I was battling a limb-threatening methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. Commonly described as a "superbug," MRSA is a type of bacteria resistant to antibiotics typically used to treat staph infections. This makes these infections particularly difficult to treat. I experienced this first-hand, as I had eight surgeries in 2 weeks, spent one month in the hospital, three months recovering at home, and finally embarked on a six-month journey back to collegiate athletics.

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