Acinetobacter is a group of bacteria commonly found in soil, sewage and water. It has been identified in natural surface water, groundwater drinking-water and distribution systems. Healthy people can also carry Acinetobacter bacteria on their skin, particularly if they work in a healthcare setting. It can survive for a long time on dry surfaces, making it difficult to […]
Legionella species of bacteria are found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. The bacteria can become a health concern when they grow, form biofilms and spread in human-made building water systems like Shower heads and sink taps Cooling towers (structures that contain water and a fan as part of centralised air cooling systems […]
Where might you find them?
Biofilms can grow on any surface but are normally found in wet conditions. You might find biofilms in the home growing on; Food Bathroom grout Inside pipes Your toilet bowl Chopping boards and counter surfaces Pet bowls Knobs and handles But the worst offenders might very well be: Plastic bath toys Cleaning sponges and dish […]
For patients with cystic fibrosis Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection is a major contributor to progressive lung disease. Pseudomonas aeruginosa can be transmitted between siblings and patient-to-patient transmission can occur in clinical settings and in camps for children with cystic fibrosis. However, initial infections are frequently found to be genetically more similar to strains collected from environmental sources than […]