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Dangerous bacteria found on smartphones

Researchers from Western University in São Paulo (Brazil) found on the smartphones of medical students many bacteria that are dangerous for both the medical staff and patients.

Scientists have collected smears from the surfaces of 100 mobile phones of students of the faculties of biomedicine, pharmacology, dentistry, nutrition and nursing. It turned out that 85% of the isolated microbes are resistant to penicillin, and half of them adhere well to surfaces. This means that using contaminated telephones in a hospital can have dire consequences for staff and patients.

In addition, S. aureus bacteria, or Staphylococcus aureus, was found in 40% of smartphones. It can cause a range of diseases, ranging from acne and boils, and ending with pneumonia or meningitis.


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