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Medical News & Perspectives
August 28, 2002

"Cipromania" and "Superclean" Homes Are Now Increasing Antibiotic Resistance

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JAMA. 2002;288(8):947-948. doi:10.1001/jama.288.8.947-JMN0828-2-1

Washington—Last year's anthrax-in-the-mail–induced "cipromania" and the ubiquity of germicidal household products are worsening community-based antibiotic resistance, warned Stuart Levy, MD, professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, at an annual press event sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Whereas in the recent past, public health officials were most concerned about hospital-based drug resistance, the problem has spread into homes, schools, and workplaces, said Levy, rendering some strains of bacteria resistant to eight or nine classes of antibiotics.

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