Multi-resistant pathogens spread rapidly - Gonococcus strains currently also affected
Until now it has largely been possible to keep antibiotic microorganisms such as bacteria in check. However, over the last few years increased resistance to antibiotics has been observed which can lead to ever more costly treatments, and also in the worst case, to treatment failures. In Japan a multi-resistant strain of Neisseria gonorrhoeae ("clap") has been discovered which is now apparently on the point of spreading worldwide.
Recently the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of a global dissemination of the new bacteria strain which threatens millions of people. Infections with Neisseria gonorrhoeae are some of the most frequent bacteria-based sexually transmitted infections. The WHO estimates that 106 million new gonococcus infections occur worldwide every year. Gonococcus infections, especially in women, often do not manifest any symptoms and therefore remain undetected. In Germany since the introduction of the Infection Protection Act in 2001, gonococcus infections no longer have to be reported and as a result no statements can be made on national level about their general level of dissemination in the population.
In Germany today it is primarily the germ MRSA plus other multi-resistant pathogens which can trigger tuberculosis or lung infections which are becoming more and more of a problem. Furthermore, highly-virulent pathogens such as SARS, EHEC or repeated noroviruses which are responsible for gastrointestinal infections with the typical symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach pains occur regularly. The most effective protection against the dangerous pathogens is compliance with the relevant hygiene measures. As a preventative measure and to prevent the spread of pathogens via textiles, the subject of textile hygiene, also in the hotel and guest house sector, is increasingly becoming a focal point, not least due to increased global mobility. Maximum hygiene security through disinfectant and therefore safer washing procedures are guaranteed by the "Hygiene-Testat" (Hygiene Certification) for hotel and kitchen textiles. Commercial laundries who have the RAL Quality Certification Mark 992/2 and 992/3 for Professional Textile Services can use this certification to certify the flawless processing of their laundry for their customers in the hotel and guest house sector. In association with the "Hotelcheck Hygiene" Quality Seal, a quality control and assurance tool in the housekeeping area, hotels are provided with a comprehensive hygiene plan for the verification and control of the cleanliness and hygiene of the most important areas to ensure the well-being of guests.