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A 3 Percent Solution Kills Staph

Hospital bacteria can be controlled

First the bad news:

According to the February 2000 issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant enterococci can survive very well in hospitals. That's why the risk of getting a serious infection in a hospital is sometimes greater than anywhere else.

When researchers put some of these bacteria on lab coats, towels, curtains and other fabrics around a hospital, all the bacteria remained active for at least one day. Some were strong enough to cause an infection for up to three months.

Now the good news:

According to the November-December 1999 issue of the Journal of Burn Care Rehabilitation, these same bacteria can be killed inside of two hours with a simple spray of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.

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