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Cleaning product residues may be driving a deadly superbug’s antibiotic resistance


The new study looked at 10 cleaning products commonly used in hospitals and households. (Image credit: andresr via Getty Images)

Most microbes perish when exposed to common cleaning products, but the residue from those disinfectants may be driving deadly bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics, a lab study suggests. 

Biocides, which include disinfectants and antiseptics, are chemicals that are widely used in households, hospitals and manufacturing to kill disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria. However, there are rising concerns that their widespread use may be spurring antibiotic resistance by pressuring bacteria to evolve in ways that make them less vulnerable to the drugs. 

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