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Two die after drinking alcohol hand sanitiser
30.October.2013

Two die after drinking alcohol hand sanitiser

Canadian authorities say two people have died after ingesting an alcohol based hand sanitiser containing methanol, a highly toxic and undeclared ingredient. Tests conducted by Ontario’s Centre of Forensic Sciences on two bottles of the alcohol based Bodico Hand Sanitiser found they contained methanol, a highly toxic alcohol that can cause blindness or death if ingested, and not ethyl alcohol,...

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World Celebrates Global Handwashing Day
15.October.2013

World Celebrates Global Handwashing Day

As the world marks the 6th annual Global Handwashing Day, new figures released by UNICEF claim 1,400 children under five still die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene practices. ‘The simple act of handwashing is one of the most effective ways to save children’s lives,’ said Sanjay Wijesekera, global head...

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Fred Olsen ‘Black Watch’ hit by Norovirus
24.September.2013

Fred Olsen ‘Black Watch’ hit by Norovirus

The Fred Olsen-operated cruise ship, Black Watch, has become the latest luxury liner to come down with a significant case of norovirus. More than 130 passengers and crew were infected by the virus which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea. After being quarantined in their rooms, passenger’s cabin doors and luggage was reportedly marked with chalk to protect others and aid...

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Ladies beware – handbag horrors revealed!
18.September.2013

Ladies beware – handbag horrors revealed!

It may be rude to look into a woman’s handbag - but if recent research is anything to go by you probably don’t want to anyway. It appears that next to the purse, underneath the sunglasses and beside the hand sanitiser lies a multitude of hygiene sins. E.coli, nasty stomach bugs and even particles of poo have been found in...

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British couple sue cruise operator after Norovirus outbreak
22.August.2013

British couple sue cruise operator after Norovirus outbreak

A British couple are among 50 cruise liner passengers taking legal action against travel firm Thompson Cruises after being infected by the dangerous norovirus bug.Jean Newcombe was treated to the £1,850 trip on the Island Escape liner by husband Kerry to celebrate her 69th birthday and their second wedding anniversary, but they quickly fell violently ill with the bug which...

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Norovirus: what you need to know
16.August.2013

Norovirus: what you need to know

Norovirus, or the winter vomiting bug as it is sometimes known, is on the rise and easier to catch than ever. Don’t let the name fool you; although it is more common in the winter months, norovirus can strike at any time of the year. How much of it is there about? Recorded cases rose by more than four times...

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