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Metal handles to fight superbugs

Fitting metal door-knobs, handles and handrails in public places and hospitals can help combat infections from superbugs, scientists say.

world Updated: Dec 27, 2012 00:49 IST

Fitting metal door-knobs, handles and handrails in public places and hospitals can help combat infections from superbugs, scientists say.

Plastic and stainless steel surfaces, widely used in hospitals and public settings, allow bacteria to survive and spread when people touch them.

Researchers found copper and alloys made from the metal, including brass, can prevent antibiotic resistance in bacteria from spreading, 'The Telegraph' reported.