Antibacterial Cleaning Products and Drug Resistance
Published Date:Oct 2005
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 11(10):1565-1570.
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Antimicrobial Drug Resistance
Drug Resistance, Bacterial
Microbial Sensitivity Tests
Description:We 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 nonantibacterial cleaning and hygiene products for 1 year. Logistic regression was used to assess the influence of antibacterial product use in homes. Antibacterial product use did not lead to a significant increase in antimicrobial drug resistance after 1 year (odds ratio 1.33, 95% confidence interval 0.74-2.41), 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. Further research on this issue is needed.
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