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Free Content Efficacy of common antiseptics against multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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OBJECTIVES: The incidence of infections caused by multidrug-resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has been increasing. Antiseptics are frequently used to prevent mycobacterial infection. The aim of this study was to determine those antiseptics that are useful against MDR-TB.

DESIGN: We evaluated bactericidal activity against clinical isolates of MDR-TB in vitro.

METHOD: Thirteen strains of MDR-TB were tested against povidone-iodine (PVP-I), cresol, akyldiaminoethyl glycine hydrocloride (AEG), and glutaraldehyde. After bacilli were exposed to the antiseptic solution with 2% human serum, the disinfectant was inactivated by addition of neutraliser.

RESULTS: PVP-I at a final concentration of 0.2% killed all of the strains within 120 seconds, and PVP-I at 0.1% killed 99.9% or more bacilli within 60 seconds. Most strains were killed after exposure to 0.5% cresol at 300 seconds and to 1.0% cresol at 60 seconds; 3.0% cresol killed all bacilli within 120 seconds, while 0.1%, 0.2%, and 0.5% AEG all required 60 minutes to kill 99.9% or more of the bacilli; 2.0% glutaraldehyde required 10 minutes to kill all bacilli.

CONCLUSION: The bactericidal activities of antiseptics for MDR-TB were similar to those for drug-sensitive M. tuberculosis strains. PVP-I would be a useful antiseptic against MDR-TB. The bactericidal activities of glutaraldehyde are effective against MDR-TB as an antiseptic for medical equipment.
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Keywords: antiseptics; multidrug-resistant M. tuberculosis (MDR-TB); mycobactericidal activities; povidone-iodine (PVP-I)

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: 1: Department of Internal Medicine, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan 2: Department of Laboratory Medicine, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan

Publication date: 2002-09-01

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