Common Disinfectants Create Mutant Superbugs

SuperbugStephen Messenger writes on Treehunger:

The manufacturers of cleaning products have made a lot of money convincing people that they are under constant assault from harmful bacteria. We’ve been told that the only way to keep our families safe and ensure good health is to disinfect, disinfect, disinfect!

But, according to the latest research, all this superfluous disinfecting could be spawning mutant bacteria capable of resisting the strongest antibiotics. These superbugs have even the most unflappable of scientists doubling-up on their intensifiers:

“This is very, very worrying,” says one researcher.

The research conducted by the National University of Ireland tested the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which responsible for one out of every ten hospital-acquired infections. This strain is said to be “opportunistic” in that it typically affects those with immune systems already weakened.

A mutated strain of P. aeruginosa was observed developing a resistance to the common disinfectant benzalkonium chloride (BSK) with rapidly increasing tolerance. Eventually, the mutated superbug was able withstand concentrations of BSK 400 times greater than the non-mutated strain, according to a report in the Star.

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3 Comments on "Common Disinfectants Create Mutant Superbugs"

  1. santosfabian | Dec 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm |

    damn son

  2. tonyviner | Dec 31, 2009 at 2:17 pm |

    I very rarely wash my hands or disinfect my counter tops, I clean them when they are dirty but I will not usually use Lysol or anything of the sort. Soap and water will usually do the trick. George Carlin maintains that he never got polio because he used to swim in raw sewage, thus strengthening his resistance to harmful materials. We are coddling ourselves and eventually it will catch up to us.

  3. Afognvro | Jul 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm |

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