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Study: Hospital scrubs harbor bacteria

September 01, 2011
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JERUSALEM — The sea of white coats, pastel uniforms and colorful scrubs found in hospitals may actually harbor a host of dangerous bacteria, according to MSNBC.

More than 60 percent of health workers'' uniforms that were sampled by researchers tested positive for pathogens, the article stated.

According to the article, the pathogens found included the germs that can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections and drug-resistant infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

The results are part of a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the article noted.

The authors say the study can''t verify the link between bacteria laden attire and patient infections, but should raise enough questions to reignite a conversation about transmission, the article added.

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