Severe Infections Can Be Acquired Through the Sinks

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Cleanliness of the environments, especially at home, is very vital and important in preventing various diseases which can actually infect the members of the family taking into consideration those individuals who are at the most risk of having these diseases such as the infants, and older adults. It is a must that every part of the home should be cleansed using cleaners which contain chemicals that can kill microorganisms. Focus of cleaning the house is usually directed on the floors, furniture, and even in the bathroom. However, the sinks are often not part of the cleaning session of every house, up to the point that there are already increase in the number of microorganisms that are present in the sink.

In fact, according to a new study, serious infections can actually be acquired in the sinks. The serious infection is not caused by the sink itself, but rather it is caused by fungi which are present in the sinks.

The new study which was published in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology delved on some serious infections which can actually be caused by the fungus present in bathroom sinks known as the strains of the fungus Fusarium. The researchers of the study noted that bathroom sinks are actually one of the most common sources of infection, and the general public should be well informed and reminded to clean as well the bathroom sinks in their houses in order to eliminate the existence of certain fungi causing infection.

The new study involved the analysis and examination of data gathered from about 500 sink drains. These sink drains are located in about 131 businesses, homes, dormitories, public facilities, and universities in several states which include Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and California.

Researchers found out that 66 per cent of the sink drains examined were having at least one Fusarium, researchers also found out that in the sink drains of the building infrastructures, about 82 per cent of the sink drains actually contain the said fungus.

Moreover, according to lead investigator Dylan Short, of the College of Agricultural Sciences, he said: “with about two-thirds of sinks found to harbor Fusarium, it’s clear that those buildings’ inhabitants are exposed to these fungi on a regular basis.” And as well “this strongly supports the hypothesis that plumbing-surface biofilms serve as reservoirs for human pathogenic fusaria.”





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