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July 29, 2010

Study: Mobile phones 've more germs than toilets

According to research for a UK consumer group, mobile phones can harbour 18 times more living bacteria than a flush on a men's toilet.

A hygiene expert who swabbed & analysed 30 handsets for the study found seven had warning or high levels of environmental bacteria. One harboured levels of bacteria, including faecal coliforms, high enough to give its user a serious stomach upset.
Consumer group Which? Ltd (formerly known as the Consumers' Association, which is still the official name of the charity) said the findings suggested millions of UK mobiles would exceed the recommended acceptable levels of bacteria. While not immediately harmful, elevated levels indicate poor hygiene & can act as a breeding ground for more serious bacteria.

Hygiene expert Jim Francis told Which?: "The levels of potentially harmful bacteria on one mobile were off the scale. That phone needs sterilising." The tests showed how easily bacteria could linger on the surface of a phone, which could be passed on to other people if they held the handset to look at photos or other applications. Which? advised that phones couls be cleaned with an alcohol wipe.

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