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Bacteria, bacteria everywhereThe current quality of hand-washing in restrooms isn’t up to par, suggested epidemiologist Lennox Archibald of the University of Florida in Gainesville. A sampling of common surfaces and handles in public restrooms revealed substantial amounts of well-known bacterial culprits such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and others. Archibald’s team took swabs from four airplane restrooms and 18 restrooms in U.S. restaurants, offices, libraries, hotels and other public establishments, noting that many microbe-laden surfaces were those typically touched after hand-washing. “I don’t want the public to get paranoid,” Archibald said. “But I think in the current era of [methicillin-resistant S. aureus] and community-acquired infections, you just need to wash your hands carefully.” —Nathan Seppa

Bacteria, bacteria everywhere
The current quality of hand-washing in restrooms isn’t up to par, suggested epidemiologist Lennox Archibald of the University of Florida in Gainesville. A sampling of common surfaces and handles in public restrooms revealed substantial amounts of well-known bacterial culprits such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and others. Archibald’s team took swabs from four airplane restrooms and 18 restrooms in U.S. restaurants, offices, libraries, hotels and other public establishments, noting that many microbe-laden surfaces were those typically touched after hand-washing. “I don’t want the public to get paranoid,” Archibald said. “But I think in the current era of [methicillin-resistant S. aureus] and community-acquired infections, you just need to wash your hands carefully.” —Nathan Seppa

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