Campylobacter infections are common, causing vomiting and diarrhoea, and can be very dangerous for young children, older people, and anyone with a compromised immune system.While refraining from washing poultry under the tap, can help prevent spread of the bacteria through splashing and spraying, this new research suggests that cleaning up with a disinfectant wipe straight after unwrapping and/or preparing poultry meat could further protect people from infection.

The researchers used antibacterial wipes on typical counter top materials - granite, laminate, and ceramic tile - to see if they reduce the risk of the cook and their family or guests ingesting harmful bacteria.The results were fed into a computer to calculate the potential reduction in risk of infection from using disinfectant wipes.

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