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Washing Machines Spreading Deadly Superbugs

In a recently-published study in Applied and Environmental Microbiology6 it was revealed that 13 newborns and one child in a German hospital were colonized with Klebsiella oxytoca. The newborns were 1 week to 4 weeks old and, thankfully, none became seriously ill from the known superbug. The bacteria were passed on knitted socks and hats used to keep the babies warm; they had been washed in a machine found on the hospital unit. Ricarda Schmithausen, a hygienist from the University of Bonn, pointed out the machines did not meet standards for hospital use and were used only for the mothers’ clothes and baby wear.  Read more....



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