Less disinfect resistance avoids

Not only antibiotics can make bacteria resistant: It has been demonstrated that a disinfectant used in houses, also lead to resistance in micro-organisms in house-dust. This could be problematic if you are infected with them.

In the investigation of the dust out of 42 sports facilities in the North-West of the USA there is a connection between the content of disinfectants, and bacterial resistance was discovered: the higher the concentration of the antimicrobial Agent Triclosan was, the more resistance genes were found. This was not a case of genes, the bacteria resistant to Triclosan, but rather to genes, the resistance to generate against medically important antibiotics.

The initiator of the study, Prof. Erica Hartmann from the Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering in Illinois, is of the opinion that too much is disinfected: "The vast majority of the microbes around us is not harmful, but can even be good. Wipe down your gym equipment with a towel. Wash your hands with normal soap and water. There is absolutely no reason to use anti-bacterial cleaners and hand Soaps."

Antibiotic resistance worldwide, a large public health Problem. In the US alone, almost 25,000 people die each year from infections with resistant bacteria. Triclosan was soap in the USA used to be a hand and cleaning agents. By the end of 2016, the U.S. Agency for food and drug (FDA) has banned soap, the chemical for hand, however, it is included in many of the products still. Hartmann and her Team now want to investigate whether other anti-microbial chemicals can also cause resistance in bacteria.