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Hospital superbugs are evolving to survive hand sanitizers

4 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / A woman wearing a surgical mask washing her hands with a hand sanitizer.
Popular hand sanitizers may be heading the way of antibiotics, according to a study published this week in Science Translational Medicine .
Bacteria gathered from two hospitals in Australia between 1997 and 2015 appeared to gradually get better at surviving the alcohol used in hand sanitizers , researchers found. The bacteria's boost in booze tolerance seemed in step with the hospitals' gradually increasing use of alcohol-based sanitizers within that same time period-an increase aimed at improving...
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