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Antibacterial Cleaning Products and Drug Resistance

Citation

Aiello, Allison E.; Marshall, Bonnie; Levy, Stuart B.; Della-Latta, Phyllis; Lin, Susan X.; & Larson, Elaine L. (2005). Antibacterial Cleaning Products and Drug Resistance. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 11(10), 1565-1570. PMCID: PMC3366732

Abstract

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.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1110.041276

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2005

Journal Title

Emerging Infectious Diseases

Author(s)

Aiello, Allison E.
Marshall, Bonnie
Levy, Stuart B.
Della-Latta, Phyllis
Lin, Susan X.
Larson, Elaine L.

PMCID

PMC3366732