Public Health Min warns of germs from second hand clothes


BANGKOK, 17 November 2013 The Public Health Ministry has warned people who buy second hand winter clothing of germs and ringworms, suggesting people to boil the clothes before wearing. 

As winter is approaching, many people started purchasing for winter clothes and some opt for second hand clothes because the prices are a lot lower. The ministry has warned people of three major diseases; mycosis, allergy, and skin disease such as ringworms, that come with the old clothes.

Because buyers do not know if there are any germs or bugs on the clothes, the ministry advised people to wash the clothes or boil them for 15-60 minutes before wearing.

According to the Public Health Ministry, used clothes are very popular in Thailand, and up to 20 million kilograms of second hand winter clothing were imported to the country each year.