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Mobiles have more germs than toilet seats

The next time you use your mobile phone, you might want to wipe it!

health-and-fitness Updated: Sep 02, 2012 00:10 IST

The next time you use your mobile phone, you might want to wipe it!

Researchers have discovered there are more bacteria on an average mobile phone than on a toilet seat.

A new study has found that there were up to 10 times the amount of bugs which can cause nausea and stomach problems in mobile phones than were present in a lavatory, the Daily Mail reported.

Researchers at the University of Arizona said that phones are often passed between people which spreads the germs around — but they are never cleaned which means the diseases keep on building up.

Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, said during his ongoing experiments he has found that bugs get onto a phone because it is so close to our hands and mouths.

Since mobiles are electronic some people are reluctant about cleaning them. Phones are just not part of our cleaning routine whereas we should think about giving them a wipe with an antibacterial substance every now and then, Gerba told the newspaper.

A previous research has found that other things we assume are clean are in reality rather disgusting.

British scientists discovered that cash machines have similar levels of pseudomonads and bacillus, bacteriae which are known to cause sickness and diarrhoea, as they found in public toilets.

A previous study has found computer keyboards, remote controls are also five times dirtier than the average lavatory seat with poisoning bugs like e.coli, coliforms, staphylococcus aureus and enterobacteria which are hazardous to human health.

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