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Fecal Bacteria Found In Wallets - Is Your Wallet Safe and Clean?

Updated on October 25, 2012
Do you wash your hands often? You still may be contaminated.
Do you wash your hands often? You still may be contaminated.

A short and gross news, your wallet may be contaminated with fecal bacteria.

A study has found that 1 in 10 bank cards are contaminated with fecal bacteria. Researcher Dr. Ron Cutler, of Queen Mary, University of London stated that people may wash hands to keep bacteria away, but they may not know that their own wallets are sources of bacteria, fecal bacteria.

The study was done by surveying 272 people and culturing bacteria collected from people's money and bank cards. The result was: staphylococci bacteria, the fecal bacteria E. Coli, Streptococcus faecalis and Enteroccoci. From all studied wallets, 28% were contaminated by some kind of bacteria, and 26% were contaminated by fecal bacteria. 11% of people's hands, 8% of bank cards, and 6% of receipts were contaminated with fecal bacteria. 91% of the people who participated in this study answered that they wash their hands after using restroom, and 39% answered they wash their hands before they eat.

And as a side note, a study done in 2011 found that 1 in every 6 cellphones was also contaminated with fecal bacteria.

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