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Hand Washing 

Hand hygiene

Hand washing, when done correctly, is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Good hand washing technique is easy to learn and can significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases among both children and adults.

General information

Hand washing fact sheet (PDF, 67 KB) Spanish (PDF, 21 KB)

Additional resources

General hand washing sign - Spanish   
Clean Hands Save Lives - CDC  (Exit DHS)   
Hand washing sign for animal exhibits - CDC  Spanish (Exit DHS)     


Wisconsin Local Health Departments - Regional offices - Tribal agencies

Last Revised: November 13, 2014