Wide-spectrum activity of a silver-impregnated fabric

Charles P Gerba, Laura Y. Sifuentes, Gerardo U. Lopez, Sherif Abd-Elmaksoud, Jesse Calabrese, Benjamin Tanner

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Fabrics, such as clothing, drapes, pillowcases, and bedsheets are potential sources of pathogenic bacteria and viruses. We found fabrics (ie, professional clothing, pillowcases, and lab coats) treated with a silver-impregnated material to be effective in significantly reducing a wide spectrum of ordinary and drug-resistant microorganisms, including Salmonella, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Propionibacterium acnes, Trichphyton mentagrophytes, and norovirus. Fabrics impregnated with antimicrobial agents help provide an additional barrier to the transport or reservoir of pathogens in health care environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
StateAccepted/In press - 2016


  • Antimicrobial
  • Bacteria
  • Drug-resistant bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Spores
  • Viruses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy

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    Gerba, C. P., Sifuentes, L. Y., Lopez, G. U., Abd-Elmaksoud, S., Calabrese, J., & Tanner, B. (Accepted/In press). Wide-spectrum activity of a silver-impregnated fabric. American Journal of Infection Control. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2015.11.033