TITLE

Bugs you can bear

AUTHOR(S)
Greenhalgh, Trisha
PUB. DATE
July 2001
SOURCE
Accountancy;Jul2001, Vol. 128 Issue 1295, p56
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article argues that pests, such as cockroaches and rats, are not the only ones responsible for the acquisition of ill health. It also provides tips on how to control the population of pests. The link between cockroaches and ill health is not a causal one. In terms of logic, if A and B occur together, it is either because A caused B, or because a third factor C, caused both of them. Factor C in this case, is a combination of damp, poor ventilation, dirty food leftovers, and human and animal waste. Even without the cockroaches, this wider environment will increase the risk of chest diseases, abdominal upset, poor growth in children, and a host of infections including hepatitis, TB and cholera. But all these things would occur even without the cockroaches. Cockroaches do cause asthma in susceptible individuals, and they transmit muck on their feet in the same way that one does when he or she stepped on something unmentionable. But apart from that, they are pretty harmless. As a general rule, bugs that are big enough for one to see cause less direct health damage than invisible critters such as bacteria and viruses. The standard approach to be taken is a full review of cleanliness standards, especially in relation to food hygiene and the disposal of litter and sewage.
ACCESSION #
4953532

 

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