Cash machines are as dirty as public toilets

275x250.jpgThe average cash machine has been found to be as dirty, and carry the same germs as public toilets, say scientists.

Experts took swabs from the numeric key pads on a string of city centre ATMs around England which are used by thousands of shoppers every day.

They then took similar swabs from the seats of nearby public toilets and compared the bacteria under microscopes in a lab.

The samples from both locations were found to contain pseudomonads and bacillus, bacterias which are known to cause sickness and diarrhoea.

Worryingly experts say the results show the levels on cash machines and toilets were comparable… the added that they are never using an ATM again.
Dr Richard Hastings, microbiologist for BioCote, the anti-bacterial firm which carried out the research, said: "We were interested in comparing the levels of bacterial contamination between heavily-used ATM machines and public toilets.

"We were surprised by our results because the ATM machines were shown to be heavily contaminated with bacteria; to the same level as nearby public toilets.

"In addition the bacteria we detected on ATMs were similar to those from the toilet, which are well known as causes of common human illnesses."

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