Most of the fecal bacteria are in the Sink Not the Toilet!.

– All sinks are connected to the drains with in turns are connected to the sewer or septic tanks, where all bacteria thrive.

– Germs and bacteria can work their way up into your sink by the drain pipe, bringing:
Listeria, Salmonella, Norwalk, e-Coli, Hepatitis, Campylobacteriosis or others.

– There are 76 million reported cases of food-borne disease per year in the U.S.A. requiring 323,000 hospitalizations annually and causing 5,000 deaths per year.

– Infections are picked up in drains which are connected to the sewer and septic tanks.

– A new kitchen shows evidence of Salmonella infestations within only a weeks’ time.

– The sink may harbor microscopic germs that cause colds, diarrhea, food poisoning and even hepatitis or cancer.

– You can clean your sinks till they’re spotless and still be exposed to disease.

Source: Dept. of Environmental Microbiology, of the University of Arizona.

Listeriosis

Listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, has recently been recognized as an important public health problem in United States.

The disease affects primarily pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.

It can be avoided by following a few simple recommendations.

E-Coli

This fast-food demon, the most deadly food-borne E. coli in this country, has been lacing family meals since its first outbreak in the early 1980s.
About a third of the cattle in the United States now harbor the strain.
When a slaughterhouse inadvertently grinds some gut contents into the hamburger, the bug can  make its way into people.

Salmonella

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that cause typhoid fever and many other infections of intestinal origin.

Typhoid fever, rare in U.S., is caused by a particular strain designated Salmonella typhi.

But illness due to other Salmonella strains, just called “Salmonellosis” is common in U.S. Today, the number of know strains (technically termed “serotypes” or “serovars”) of this bacteria total over 2300.

Hepatitis

Hepatitis commonly results from a virus, particularly one of five hepatitis viruses A, B, C or E. Less commonly, hepatitis results from other viral infections, such as infectious mononucleosis, yellow fever, and cytomegalovirus infection. The major non-viral causes of hepatitis are alcohol and drugs.

Hepatitis can be acute (lasting less than 6 months), or chronic; it occurs commonly throughout the world. Acute viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by infection with one of the liver caused by infection with one of the five hepatitis viruses; for most people the inflammation begins suddenly and last only a few weeks.

Norwalk

A 1999 study suggest that Norwalk may cause more outbreaks of food-borne illness than bacteria and paralysis. One of the reasons Norwalk is so common is the extended time and infected person ca infect others. If you were sick with a Norwalk virus for a few days but then felt better, you probably were still with infectious. You can give Norwalk to others for up to a week after your own symptoms disappear.

Campylo-Bacteriosis

Campylobacteriosis is an infection disease caused by bacteria of the genius Campylobacter. Most people who become ill with campylobacteriosis get diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within 2 to 5 days after exposure to the organism. The diarrhea may be bloody and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The illness typically last 1 week. Some persons who are infected with Campylobacter don’t have any symptoms at all. In persons with compromised immune systems, Campylobacter occasionally spreads to the bloodstream and causes serious life-threatening infections.