Disinfectants could give rise to antibiotic-resistant superbugs (Health)
Disinfectants could give rise to antibiotic-resistant superbugs
By Mark Tutton, for CNN
December 30, 2009
London, England (CNN) -- Using common disinfectants could promote the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, a study suggests.
Antibiotic resistance is considered a major health issue. Overuse of antibiotics is known to give rise to antibiotic resistance, but disinfectants could produce the same effect, according to research by the National University of Ireland, published in the January 2010 issue of the journal "Microbiology."
Researchers grew a bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections in the presence of a common disinfectant and found that the bacteria became 12 times less susceptible to the disinfectant.
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