Most Dishwashers Harbor Harmful Fungi, Reveals Survey
Scientists reveal that dishwashers can harbor a harmful fungus that can survive high temperatures, detergents, rinsing salts and water. The fungus is called E. Phaeomuriformis and it was found along with a black yeast named Exophiala dermatitidis in dishwasher samples taken from homes in six continents.
In most of the cases the fungi were found on the rubber seal placed on the dishwasher door. Both fungi can cause systemic disease and also infect the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. Scientists say these fungi thrive on moisture and warmth.
These revelations were published recently in the journal Fungal Biology. No details are available about whether these fungi are threats to people’s health. The scientists also found other microscopic organisms in the dishwashers.