Care home residents are at risk of COVID-19 even after being fully vaccinated

Care homes need to be vigilant for outbreaks of COVID-19, even after residents have received two doses of the vaccine, according to new research being presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) held online this year. Long-term care facilities, such as care homes with elderly residents with multiple underlying conditions,…

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High-tech toilets could spread antibiotic-resistant superbugs in hospitals, Japanese study suggests

Water-jet nozzles in electric toilets–commonly used in Japan and other parts of Asia–may be reservoirs for multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MDRP) in hospitals, increasing the risk of dangerous germ transmission among patients, according to new research being presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) held online this year. “This is the…

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New study shows that silver foil could reduce the risk of infection in hospitals

New research presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) taking place online (9-12 July) shows that covering high-touch (the most regularly touched) surfaces in hospitals with silver-impregnated foil could significantly reduce levels of contamination by clinically important bacterial pathogens. The study by Professor Andreas Widmer and colleagues at the…

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