HYPOCHLORITE KILLING OF COMMUNITY-ASSOCIATED METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS

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Abstract

Abstract:

We tested in vitro hypochlorite (bleach) killing of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates to determine optimal concentration and duration. For all isolates maximal killing, >3-log decrease in colony forming units (CFU), was found after 5 minutes in 2.5 μL/mL bleach. We estimate that 2.5 μL/mL bleach is approximately one-half cup of bleach in one-quarter tub of water.

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