Communicable Diseases

Interview with a Germ: Communicable Disease Safety

Join Rhonda Rhinovirus as she shares what life is like as a germ. This humorous presentation is designed to be shown to nursery workers, anyone who works with children in the primary organization and their leaders.
Interview with a Germ: Communicable Disease Safety


Germs can be annoying. But they can also be deadly. Here are a few of the most common communicable diseases that you should avoid.

CMV (cytomegalovirus)

Considered to be one of the leading causes of death and disability in children.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

A common viral illness that usually affects infants and children up to 10 years old.

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

An antibiotic-resistant, opportunist pathogen that is known to survive on surfaces and is found most often in healthcare settings.


  • Transmission can occur as a result of skin-to-skin contact or contact with shared surfaces or items such as towels or used bandages.
  • Infection may occur when a cut or scrape comes in contact with the bacteria on unsterilized or improperly cleaned surfaces. Despite this risk, the role of contaminated objects has been overstressed.
  • Unclean hands are the most common method for transmitting the infection.


  • Practice good hygiene. Wash hands thoroughly.
  • Use good housekeeping practices.
  • Clean and cover cuts and scrapes.
  • Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Clean contaminated equipment and surfaces.

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