London, Jan 31: The next time you use a moisturiser, make sure it is sterile as a study found that it is a potential carrier of bugs particularly harmful for those already undergoing treatment in hospital. Five intensive care patients in a Spanish hospital contracted a life-threatening infection after they were applied with a milk moisturiser. ''Moisturising body milk is a potential source of infection.
Though the bug pose a little risk to healthy people, it can be dangerous to patients with weak immune system.B. cepacia is stubbornly resistant to antimicrobial agents and antiseptics and able to survive in a wide variety of hospital environments, the authors wrote. Often the bug is transmitted via contaminated respiratory equipment, disinfectants, blood analysers and running water supplies.