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Removal of Microorganisms - As Important as Disinfection
"Disinfectant/detergent formulations registered by EPA are used for environmental surface cleaning, but the actual physical removal of microorganisms and soil by wiping or scrubbing is probably as important, if not more so, than any antimicrobial effect of the cleaning agent used."
Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) "Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities."
Clostridium sporogenes - Gram-positive, anaerobic, endospore-forming, rod prokaryote. Seen here are the rod-shaped vegetative cells and endospore-forming cells (bulbous shaped rods). Clostridium sporogenes is widely distributed in nature and also in the intestines of animals. This bacterium frequently occurs in the intestines of humans and many domestic and feral animals. It can lead to gaseous gangrene in humans. Spores persist in soil and areas subject to human or animal fecal pollution. Clostridium sporogenes is the organism most frequently used for conducting inoculated pack studies in low acid foods.
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