Called unexpected danger of means for washing hands


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Australian scientists found that some strains of pathogenic bacteria resistant to antibiotics, become resistant to disinfectant substances containing alcohol. According to the researchers, it was affected by the prevalence of dispensers of antibacterial gel in hospitals that previously helped to successfully deal with intractable infections. About it reports The Independent.

Dispensers have been widely used in hospitals since the mid 2000-ies, as it has been shown that disinfection of the hands helps reduce the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This bacterium is almost not treatable diseases such as sepsis and pneumonia, and has multi-drug resistant.

However, scientists have discovered that the use of alcohol sanitizers has led to an increase of diseases caused by vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). These microorganisms also cause sepsis and are responsible for 10 percent of all cases of hospital infections worldwide. Furthermore, experiments with mice showed that the bacteria Enterococcus faecium, surviving when treated with ethanol, faster colonize the intestine of rodents.

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