Study shows disinfectant use may help create superbugs

01/4/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Irish researchers said the use of hospital disinfectants may help create superbugs resistant to antiseptics and to antibiotics. The study found that use of the antiseptic benzalkonium chloride on a mutant version of P. aeruginosa created a bug that could survive extremely high doses of the disinfectant and also was resistant to a commonly prescribed antibiotic.

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