Study finds fecal matter on credit cards

Posted at 7:24 PM, Oct 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-22 19:24:07-04

(WTVR) – You may wash your hands often throughout the day to cut back on germs, but have you given any thought to sanitizing your credit cards?

A new study  from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine finds bacteria can thrive on the plastic — with one in ten credit cards being contaminated with fecal organisms.

Researchers suggest wiping your cards down with sanitizer  They also suggest keeping cards in individual, plastic cases and avoiding pens that are out for public use to cut down on germs.

Researchers said that out of the samples taken, 11% of hands, 8% of cards and 6% of notes showed a contamination equal to that you would expect to find in a dirty toilet bowl.

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