Rubber Ducks & Superbugs: IIDR’s Dr. Burrows & Dr. Bowdish Comment


Recent studies from Switzerland and the US suggest that bath toys such as rubber ducks may be “swimming itself in potentially pathogenic bacteria.” In response to this, IIDR’s Dr. Lori Burrows and Dr. Dawn Bowdish spoke to over two dozen media sources about these new findings, the potential link between superbugs and other common household items, and the dangers of over-sanitizing your home.


Nature Article: Ugly ducklings — the dark side of plastic materials in contact with potable water


Radio Canada International ‘Yucky duckies’ only of concern for the very young, says researcher


CBC News: How dirty rubber ducks are connected to superbugs: McMaster scientist

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