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Human Pathogens are Unlikely to Develop “Copper-Resistance”

February 13th, 2014 No comments

By Harold Michels, Antimicrobial Copper Expert & Advisor to the CDA

Many medical professionals are concerned about the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria, or “superbugs” such as MRSA, VRE, and more recently CRE.  These and other antibiotic-resistant organisms are a dangerous concern for hospitalized patients, who often suffer from suppressed immune systems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the death rate from contracting these infections can be as high as 50 percent. In previous blogs and in seminars throughout the U.S., I’ve shared information with healthcare professionals, facility managers, manufacturers, fabricators and consumers about the value of Antimicrobial Copper surfaces and how they can help us fight infection-causing bacteria.   However, some medical professionals have raised the issue of the potential emergence of copper resistant bacteria – an unintended consequence of the deployment of copper-touch surface products in hospitals or medical facilities.   Examples of copper resistant bacteria can be found in research literature but these examples do not apply to bacteria exposed to solid copper alloy touch surfaces.

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