Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Day Care Centers Incubate And Spread Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Date:
September 19, 2000
Source:
American Society For Microbiology
Summary:
Many parents regard occasional minor illnesses as the most likely health risks posed by day care centers. However, according to data presented today during Global Resistance Day, a more insidious danger lurks in these facilities: they serve as incubators for antibiotic-resistance respiratory tract bacteria.

TORONTO - Sept. 16, 2000 - Many parents regard occasional minor illnesses as the most likely health risks posed by day care centers. However, according to data presented today during Global Resistance Day, a more insidious danger lurks in these facilities: they serve as incubators for antibiotic-resistance respiratory tract bacteria.

Sampling Streptococcus pneumoniae ("strep" bacteria) from day care attendees, Dr. Ron Dagan of Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel, and colleagues found that antibiotic treatment rapidly induced resistant-antibiotic traits among these bacteria in the noses and throats of children in the day care environment.

"Day care centers act as microenvironments that facilitate and promote selection, spread and transmission of antibiotic-resistant respiratory tract organisms in the community and should be seen as major targets for intervention," Dagan said.

The 2-year study involved eight day-care centers in Beer-Sheva and 240 toddlers and 46 of their siblings.

Within individual day-care centers, resistant strains were similar, in contrast to the variability seen in resistant strains among the different centers, suggesting that each day care center is its own microenvironment. Moreover, the researchers detected the same resistant S. pneumoniae strains in siblings of attendees, suggesting that resistance could easily spread beyond the confines of the center.

Day care centers are ideal environments for the development of such resistance because they are associated with a high rate of respiratory infections that leads to a high rate of antibiotic use, he said. In addition, they also bring together infants and toddlers whose hygiene standards are not yet developed, he noted.

###

Dagan presented the findings at Global Resistance Day, a gathering of internationally renowned scientists to address the impact of antimicrobial resistance worldwide, organized by the American Society for Microbiology and other infectious disease organizations.

Global Resistance Day was held in conjunction with the 40th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), Sept. 17-20 in Toronto. For more information on scientific presentations at ICAAC, see the online press kit at http://www.asmusa.org/pcsrc/40icaac/presskit.htm.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Society For Microbiology. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American Society For Microbiology. "Day Care Centers Incubate And Spread Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 September 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/09/000919080738.htm>.
American Society For Microbiology. (2000, September 19). Day Care Centers Incubate And Spread Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 31, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/09/000919080738.htm
American Society For Microbiology. "Day Care Centers Incubate And Spread Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/09/000919080738.htm (accessed August 31, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

We've Got Mites Living In Our Faces And So Do You

We've Got Mites Living In Our Faces And So Do You

Newsy (Aug. 30, 2014) A new study suggests 100 percent of adult humans (those over 18 years of age) have Demodex mites living in their faces. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Liberia Continues Fight Against Ebola

Liberia Continues Fight Against Ebola

AFP (Aug. 30, 2014) Authorities in Liberia try to stem the spread of the Ebola epidemic by raising awareness and setting up sanitation units for people to wash their hands. Duration: 00:41 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
California Passes 'yes-Means-Yes' Campus Sexual Assault Bill

California Passes 'yes-Means-Yes' Campus Sexual Assault Bill

Reuters - US Online Video (Aug. 30, 2014) California lawmakers pass a bill requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on campuses. Linda So reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
3 Things To Know About The Ebola Outbreak's Progression

3 Things To Know About The Ebola Outbreak's Progression

Newsy (Aug. 29, 2014) Here are three things you need to know about the deadly Ebola outbreak's progression this week. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins