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German hospital's washing machine harbored superbug that was 'transmitted repeatedly' to newborns: report

It seems “energy saver” washing machines may not be killing all the potentially harmful pathogens on your clothing — as was reportedly the case at a hospital in Germany.

Researchers, in a study published last week in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, detailed a case of the superbug Klebsiella oxytoca in a German hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. Routine screenings “revealed the presence of the pathogens on infants in the ICU,” according to a press release regarding the findings.

Klebsiella oxytoca bacteria are naturally occurring in the mouth, nose and intestinal tract, and are considered “healthy gut bacteria." But outside of the intestines, these pathogens can cause “serious infections,” per Healthline.
German hospital's washing machine harbored superbug that was 'transmitted repeatedly' to newborns: report German hospital's washing machine harbored superbug that was 'transmitted repeatedly' to newborns: report Reviewed by Rohta on October 02, 2019 Rating: 5

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