The latest in carpets, which are a common problem in homes and offices and pose serious health risks, has been linked to a potentially deadly disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday that the new carpets in a number of U.S. states that were designed to be disinfected but that are contaminated with waterborne disease-causing bacteria are at risk of causing more serious illness.
The CDC’s advisory came after a test showed that carpets and mats in the U.K.’s largest homes and office parks have the same type of bacteria that are responsible for the highly contagious coronavirus outbreak.
The test is expected to be completed within weeks.
The U.N. agency said Thursday that it is also calling for a global ban on the production and sale of carpets that are made from polyethylene, a synthetic material that can be contaminated with human pathogens.
The polyethylenimine is the material used in carpels, which absorb water and absorb dust.
It is made from petroleum, rubber and other fibrous materials.
It is also used to make synthetic carpets for indoor use, including in boats and in furniture.
The World Health Organization said last week that a global moratorium on the use of polyethylenes was needed to prevent carpets from becoming a public health threat.
The U.G. is the largest producer of polymers, but some countries such as China and India have begun to use it.
The use of the polyethylenic polymer is also a concern in the United States, where carpets are a favorite item for the country’s wealthy.