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Cellphones can have fecal E. coli

Postby Beaver » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:41 am

Gross. Better keep your cell phones clean.

1 in 6 cellphones have fecal E. coli traces
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/10/14 ... 10922.html
"About one in six cellphones tested in the U.K. had traces of E. coli bacteria from fecal matter, a new study released for Global Handwashing Day suggests...Fecal bacteria can survive on hands and surfaces for hours, especially in warmer temperatures away from sunlight; it is easily transferred by touch to door handles, food and cellphones, the researchers said. If ingested, E.coli can cause diarrhea, extreme abdominal cramping and pain, nausea and vomiting, and in extreme cases, death.

Public health experts advise people to wash their hands carefully after using the washroom. Handwashing tips include:

- Take time to wash properly — long enough the sing the Happy birthday song twice.
- Remove jewelry.
- Wash both the front and back of hands.
- Scrub fingers including under fingernails.
- Use soap and water."
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Re: Cellphones can have fecal E. coli

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:45 am

In Calgary, Kevin Wolf was an eager iPhone enthusiast waiting in line for a new model.


"I bet you a lot of people use their phones in the bathroom," Wolf said when learning of the British findings. "That's really gross. Thanks for putting that in my mind."


Something tells me this probably has as much to do with the results as a lack of hand washing.
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Re: Cellphones can have fecal E. coli

Postby fennel » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:12 pm

Francis Di Domizio wrote:Something tells me this probably has as much to do with the results as a lack of hand washing.
That and the phone's vibrate feature.
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Re: Cellphones can have fecal E. coli

Postby rabble » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:53 pm

Didn't anybody see the Mythbusters episode on the toothbrush fecal matter syndrome?
Astonishingly, all the toothbrushes were speckled with microscopic fecal matter, including the ones that had never seen the inside of a bathroom. The confirmed myth unfortunately proved that there's indeed fecal matter on toothbrushes — and also everywhere else.


Name it. Whatever it is, wherever it is, there's crap on it. And yet, we live.
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Re: Cellphones can have fecal E. coli

Postby fisticuffs » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:04 pm

Fecal Matters: with Rob Fecal.
Not so funny now.
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Re: Cellphones can have fecal E. coli

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:26 pm

jimm1909 wrote:This is unsettling. Does anyone know of any cases that are designed to prevent this?


There's one available in the crApp store.
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Re: Cellphones can have fecal E. coli

Postby snoqueen » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:35 pm

I find it annoying when I'm talking on the phone to somebody and I know damn well they're on the toilet.
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Re: Cellphones can have fecal E. coli

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:54 am

snoqueen wrote:I find it annoying when I'm talking on the phone to somebody and I know damn well they're on the toilet.


I don't particularly care if someone does this to me (though I limit myself to only doing this with my wife, when I am at home). What drives me nuts is people who talk on the phone in public restroom stalls.
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