The chain of infection transmission in the home and everyday life settings, and the role of hygiene in reducing the risk of infection, 2012.
SF Bloomfield; M Exner; KJ Nath; C Signorelli; EA Scott. IFH Forum on Home Hygiene.
The evidence presented in the 2009 IFH review on the global burden of hygiene-related diseases shows that infection outbreaks in the domestic home and everyday life settings, particularly gastrointestinal (GI) infections (also called infectious intestinal disease (IID)), respiratory infections (RT), and skin, wound and eye infections, continue to exact a heavy toll on the health and prosperity of the global community. The evidence indicates that a significant proportion of these infections are preventable by getting people to practice better hygiene in their own homes and in everyday life. This includes food and respiratory hygiene, and better hand, surface and laundry hygiene practices coupled with other practices such as safe disposal of refuse and wastewater. In communities that lack access to adequate sanitation and clean water, this may also involve ensuring water treatment and safe storage and the safe disposal of faeces.