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Antibacterial cleaning products and drug resistance.

This study examined whether household use of antibacterial cleaning and hygiene products is an emerging risk factor for carriage of antimicrobial drug–resistant bacteria on hands of household members. Households (N = 224) were randomized to use of antibacterial or non-antibacterial cleaning and hygiene products for 1 year. Antibacterial product use did not lead to a significant increase in antimicrobial drug resistance after 1 year (odds ratio 1.33), nor did it have an effect on bacterial susceptibility to triclosan. However, more extensive and longer term use of triclosan might provide a suitable environment for emergence of resistant species. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2005; 11: 1565-1570.

Author: Aiello AE, Marshall B, Levy SB, DellALatta P, Lin SX, Larson E

Published: 01/01/2005

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Emerging Infectious Diseases