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Yucky ducky: Your kid’s cute bath-time friend carries nasty bugs

Researchers found that rubber ducks used as bath toys contained “potentially pathogenic bacteria”.

fitness Updated: Mar 27, 2018 19:06 IST
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Using higher-quality polymers to make the ducks could prevent bacterial and fungal growth, say researchers.(Getty Images)

Scientists have the dirt on rubber ducky: Those cute yellow bath-time friends are, as some parents have long suspected, a haven for nasty bugs.

Swiss and American researchers counted the microbes swimming inside the toys and say the murky liquid released when ducks were squeezed contained “potentially pathogenic bacteria” in four out of five toys studied. The bacteria included Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that “often implicated in hospital-acquired infections.”

These cute yellow bath-time friends are a haven for nasty bugs. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich and the University of Illinois was published on Tuesday in the journal Biofilms and Microbiomes.

Researchers, who received funding from the Swiss government, say using higher-quality polymers to make the ducks could prevent bacterial and fungal growth.

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First Published: Mar 27, 2018 19:06 IST