Dishwashers: Hot Spot for Lung Infections

by Sheela Philomena on  July 9, 2013 at 3:08 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Dishwashers could be the hotspot for harbouring fungi, which can cause lung infections, says research.

Turkish researchers said that dishwashers with their moist, warm environment are a 'major indoor niche' for harmful fungal pathogens, the New York Daily News reported.
 Dishwashers: Hot Spot for Lung Infections
Dishwashers: Hot Spot for Lung Infections

For their study, the researchers went to 177 homes and picked about 900 samples from the dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, bathtubs, bathroom walls and showerheads.

They found that about 33 percent of the samples tested positive for fungi, with the common one being Exophiala dermatitidis and phaeomuriformis, two types of black yeast, and dishwashers the most likely location where they were breeding.

The new study has been published in the journal Medical Mycology.

Source: ANI

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