Strep A Outbreak

 

Recently there have been reports on an outbreak of Strep A bacteria within the UK. Below is a brief overview of what Strep A is and how we can prevent it from spreading.

What is Strep A?

Streptococci (Strep) A is a gram positive bacteria that can cause mild infections such as ‘strep throat’, scarlet fever or minor skin infections. However, when contracted by people with weak immune systems such as young babies and the elderly, the bacteria can cause invasive infections such as meningitis.

How is it spread?

Strep A can be spread when someone with an infection coughs or sneezes or through direct contact.

How can you prevent the spread of Strep A?

1) Frequent handwashing (we recommend the use of antibacterial soaps that have passed EN 1276 and EN 1499)

2) When cleaning at home or work use a quality disinfectant (we recommend the use of disinfectants that have passed EN 1276 and EN 13697)

 

For more information see the NHS or Public Health England Websites.

 


Is Beeswax Antimicrobial?

Over recent years beeswax has gained popularity within the cosmetics industry. It is commonly found in lip balms, moisturisers, shaving creams  and other cosmetic products. Beeswax is what bees construct honeycomb from and is composed of mainly hydrocarbons and long chain fatty acids, but is it antimicrobial?

It is often believed that beeswax is antimicrobial, however due to its composition, microbial susceptibility can vary between hives and seasons. There has been limited research into the antimicrobial properties of beeswax alone and many have been inconclusive due to differing extraction methods. However, there has been some evidence that beeswax has antibacterial properties when combined with other ingredients such as honey or alcohol.

An overview of some of this research can be read in the scientific paper below:

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UKAS ISO 17025 Accreditation

Microbiologist

Our laboratory is waiting on its first United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) inspection. This ISO 17025:2017 accreditation demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capabilities of Abbott Analytical and our team.

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