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One in six mobile phones in Britain is contaminated with faecal matter

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London has released findings of the UK-wide study, where the contaminations of UK mobile phones and hands have been revealed.

The study’s findings note that one in six mobile phones in Britain is contaminated with faecal matter, with experts saying the most likely reason for the potentially harmful bacteria festering on so many gadgets is that people are failing to wash their hands properly with soap after going to the toilet.

These results show that 95-percent of people said they washed their hands with soap where possible, although 92-percent of phones and 82-percent of hands had bacteria on them.

16-percent of those hands and 16-percent of those phones were found to harbour E. coli – bacteria of a faecal origin. Harmful E. coli (Escherichia coli) is associated with stomach upsets, whilst being implicated in serious cases of food poisoning such as the fatal O157 outbreak in Germany in June.

Researchers travelled to 12 cities and took 390 samples from mobile phones and hands which were analysed in the lab to find out the type and number of germs lurking there. They also asked participants a series of questions about their handwashing habits.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.