Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Scrub Team Scores Big at Fair.(New Mexico)

Byline: Mary Perea The Associated Press

Hundreds Learn How To Wash Their Hands

At one New Mexico State Fair booth, the attraction isn't food or crafts or prizes but a hands-on lesson in germs.

Participants are given a special hand lotion that imitates bacteria.

Fluorescent lamps highlight the lotion as if it were bacteria. The volunteers then wash their hands normally and check for bacteria under the fluorescent light again.

Normally, people don't wash long enough or thoroughly enough to really get their hands clean of bacteria, said Willis Fedio, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service food technology specialist. …

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