Friday 9 December 2016

Shared toys in creches and doctor's office harbour dangerous bacteria, study reveals

Published 05/07/2016 | 02:30

Children's toys - particularly shared ones like in daycare centres and hospitals - have often been implicated in spreading infection during outbreaks.
Children's toys - particularly shared ones like in daycare centres and hospitals - have often been implicated in spreading infection during outbreaks.
A study has found plastic toys can harbour viruses for up to 24 hours.

A study has found plastic toys can harbour viruses for up to 24 hours, raising risk of infection.

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The study in the peer-reviewed Paediatric Infectious Disease Journal aimed to assess virus survival on a plastic toy at 22C and two different humidity levels - 40pc (similar to indoor levels) and 60pc.

Children's toys - particularly shared ones like in daycare centres and hospitals - have often been implicated in spreading infection during outbreaks.

However, while this study can't provide all the answers, employees in settings where toys are likely to be shared should also be aware of the importance of regularly cleaning the toys, said the authors.

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