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Mobile phones carry more bacteria than toilet handles


Your mobile phone has become a necessity but according to an average handset carries germs that are 18 times more harmful than the germs on the handle of a flush in the men’s toilet.

Researchers analyzed a number of handsets and found that a quarter of them had ten times more TVC s bacteria than the acceptable amount.

Out of the handsets, one was found to have numerous bacteria that were enough to give its owner a serious stomach ache. The bacteria carried by the mobile phones are not harmful immediately but an increase in their levels can give rise to other harmful germs.

According to, the research was carried out by Hygiene expert Jim Francis and he thinks that the phones need to be sterilized.

One handset had 170 times more Fecal coliforms than are found in human waste. Other bugs that were found on the cell phones included e coli, Staphylococcus aureus and ones that cause food poisoning.

Researcher Ceri Stanaway said: ‘Most phones didn’t have any immediately harmful bacteria that would make you sick straight away but they were grubbier than they could be. The bugs can end up on your hands, which is a breeding ground and be passed back to your phone. They can be transferred back and forth and eventually you could catch something nasty.”

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