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Disinfectant Wipes Reduce Risk of Foodborne Illnesses

iStock/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) — Those disinfectant wipes that have become a regular presence in the kitchen may be just what the doctor ordered to help eliminate the risk of foodborne illnesses.

University of Arizona researcher Dr. Gerardo Lopez says antibacterial wipes used to clean off kitchen counters are effective in cutting the risk of food poisoning by more than 99 percent.

In particular, the wipe’s antibacterial agents remain on counters for several minutes after the initial cleaning, which greatly lessens chances of contracting a Campylobacter jejuni infection that comes from raw and undercooked poultry.

People sickened with campylobacteriosis often experience vomiting and diarrhea, which generally lasts anywhere from two to five days.

Lopez adds that the disinfectant wipes are also effective in stopping the spread of other stomach illnesses caused by E.coli, Salmonella, and noroviruses as long as all surfaces are thoroughly wiped clean.

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