As a NorthStar blog and Guide to Good Health reader, you already know all about the dangers of superbugs.

And you even know that cleaning hospital surfaces more often clobbers the two most common antibiotic resistant bugs—Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)—into submission.

But I’d be willing to bet you didn’t know that a quarter of all health-care workers are walking around with C. diff diarrhea spores stuck to their hands.

I’ll pause while we all take a moment to shudder.

That’s right, according to French researchers one in four health-care workers had the dirty bugs clinging to them after carrying out routine care on infected patients.

Now, you and I would assume that health-care workers are routinely washing their hands after working with ANY patient. Well, apparently you and I would be wrong, because the recommendation to come out of the study was… wait for it… “Effective hand hygiene should be performed, even in non-outbreak settings.”

Yes, that’s right my friend, health-care workers are being told that they really ought to break out the soap and water after they’ve touched a sick patient. You really can’t make this stuff up.