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- 1.1. Hemolytic streptococci were used as test organisms in collecting data on the possible routes of spread of the specific causes of respiratory diseases.
- 2.2. No evidence was found to support the theory that these organisms spread through dish water.
- 2.1.(a) Fingers of only 17 per cent of carriers showed streptococci, and only in small numbers.
- 2.2.(b) Dish water showed no streptococci except when no soap was used.
- 2.3.(c) Infection of the mouth did not occur when streptococci were smeared on the lips.
- 2.4.(d) Soapy dish water is antiseptic for streptococci if of proper reaction and made with proper soap.
- 3.3. Evidence was found that intestinal organisms can spread through dish water.
- 3.1.(a) Colon bacilli were found on hands of nearly one-third of troops.
- 3.2.(b) They were found in dish water down to of a c.c. in some cases.
- 3.3.(c) Soapy dish water has no antiseptic action on colon bacilli.
- 4.4. Evidence was also found to support the inhalation theory.
- 4.1.(a) Droplets with streptococci remain suspended for several hours.
- 4.2.(b) The air of streptococcus wards contains streptococci for several hours after men have retired.
- 5.5. The use of boiling dish and rinse water is indicated not to prevent spread of respiratory diseases, but to prevent spread of intestinal diseases.
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