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    Biocide Activity against Urinary Catheter Pathogens

    Malic, S, Jordan, RPC, Waters, MGJ, Stickler, DJ and Williams, DW (2013) Biocide Activity against Urinary Catheter Pathogens. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 58. ISSN 0066-4804

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    Abstract

    Antimicrobial effects of essential oils against bacteria associated with urinary catheter infection was assessed. Tests were performed on 14 different bacterial species cultured either planktonically or as biofilms. Biofilms were found to be up to 8-fold more tolerant of the test agents. Higher antimicrobial tolerance was also evident in tests conducted in artificial urine. Eugenol exhibited higher antimicrobial effects against both planktonic cells and biofilms than did terpinen, tea tree oil, and cineole.

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