June 6, 2020

New Study Finds Indoor Dust Bacteria Can Be Antibiotic Resistant

Did you know that dust in your house may be housing antibiotic resistant bacteria? A study conducted at Northwestern University has shown that indoor dust bacteria have transferable antibiotic resistance genes. That means the bacteria living in household dust can spread antibiotic resistant genes to other bacteria. Most of these bacteria are not harmful to people, but researchers think these genes could spread to pathogens such as E. coli of Salmonella. Antibiotic resistance in these bacteria can make human infections more difficult to treat. Erica Hartmann, an assistant professor of environmental engineering in Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering, who led the study, said in a statement, "This evidence, in and of itself, doesn’t mean that antibiotic resistance is … [Read more...]

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