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Our shower drains are a breeding ground for drug-resistant bacteria


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Our shower drains are a breeding ground for drug-resistant bacteria

By Alice Klein What’s lurking down there?Getty Images/iStockphotoAntibiotic-resistant bacteria have been found in more than three-quarters of the homes surveyed in a small study in Germany, and seem to particularly thrive in shower drains. Drug-resistant bacteria are commonly detected in hospitals and crowded places like trains and shopping centres, but little is known about their…

Our shower drains are a breeding ground for drug-resistant bacteria

By Alice Klein

shower drain

What’s lurking down there?

Getty Images/iStockphoto

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been found in more than three-quarters of the homes surveyed in a small study in Germany, and seem to particularly thrive in shower drains.

Drug-resistant bacteria are commonly detected in hospitals and crowded places like trains and shopping centres, but little is known about their prevalence in home environments.

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To find out more, Dirk Bockmühl at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Germany and his colleagues took swabs from shower drains, dishwashers and washing machines in 54 private homes.

They detected antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 82 per cent of the …

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