Antibacterial Cleaners Increase Molds

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • A study found that in urban homes, where the use of cleaning products is usually more prevalent than in rural homes, fungal diversity was higher
  • Fungal resistance to cleaning products and chemicals is a possible explanation for the greater amount of fungi in urban areas
  • Urban homes are warmer and typically have reduced air exchange and lower levels of natural light than rural homes, which could also explain the fungi preponderance
  • In the study, rural homes had fewer bacteria and fungi that colonize the human body and are harmful; urban living is known to increase such microbes
  • Human fungal infections are increasing, which may be explained by environmental change, more immunocompromised people and the excessive agricultural use of fungicides

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