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Encouraging Good Hygiene To Kill Germs

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A new video featuring an original song instructs children to use good hygiene to stop the spread of germs that cause illness, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

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"With flu season near and the media attention to staph infections such as community-based MRSA, washing hands is a simple-yet-effective way to fight germs," said Jerry Gibson, M.D., director of DHEC's Bureau of Disease Control. "There's no better way to teach children the proper way to wash their hands than through a song that's fun to sing. With a little soap and water, these children are learning the correct way to wash germs down the drain."

Gibson said the "Wash Hands" video is a collaborative effort of DHEC and S.C. Educational Television and features Columbia musician Danielle Howle, who also wrote the music and lyrics. The project was created as part of DHEC's campaign to educate citizens about simple steps, such as handwashing and proper cough etiquette, to help prevent the spread of illness.