Published On: Mon, Jan 6th, 2014

University at Buffalo Microbiology professor, Dr Anders Hakansson talks about Strep biofilm study

In late December 2013, a study was published in the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) journal, Infection and Immunity, which found that common human pathogens like Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus pyogenes could survive on inanimate objects for up to a month due to the formation of biofilms.

Bacterial biofilm Image/CDC

Bacterial biofilm

I had the opportunity today to speak to the lead author of the study, University at Buffalo Microbiology and Immunology professor, Anders Hakansson, PhD. (LISTEN below)

We started out the interview with Dr Hakansson giving a great explanation of what a biofilm is and how it protects the bacterium from environmental stress.

Hakansson then went on to go over more details of the study itself including the findings showing that these streptococcus species could survive on objects for up to a month.

Hakansson notes that this information obtained from this study can be useful in determining how much of the person to person spread of these microorganism is due to surface spread and it promoting the increased vigilance in cleaning surfaces and handwashing to prevent infections.

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