One in six UK phones contaminated with E. coli from fecal matter

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    Oct 16, 2011 12:24 PM GMT
    http://io9.com/5850021/one-in-six-uk-phones-is-contaminated-with-fecal-matter

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    Researchers said that 16% of the devices were contaminated with E. coli, which can cause food poisoning, most probably because people fail to properly wash their hands after going to the toilet.


    this is disturbing....
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    Oct 16, 2011 12:27 PM GMT
    No shit?


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    Oct 16, 2011 12:51 PM GMT
    Perhaps due to using their cell phones while in the stall. The sink to wash your hands is usually outside the stall, except for larger handicapped accessible ones (which I'm entitled to use, and do, the readily available sink being one of their advantages, in addition to grab handles).

    But whatever kind of stall I use, I hold a piece of toilet paper to touch the door latch, not my bare fingers. Those contacts points are much dirtier than these cell phones, and with other people's germs, not just our own. Especially since in an ordinary stall they're unlatched BEFORE even a fastidious person has gotten to the sink to wash their hands. icon_razz.gif
  • rafiki87

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    Oct 16, 2011 1:57 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite saidNo shit?


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    Best reaction answer!!!
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    Oct 16, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    E . Coli is everywhere." Contaminated" needs to be defined. Guess what, if you smell shit or anything else molecles of what you smell are in your noise/ mouth.
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    Oct 16, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    you have more E coli in your guts than cells in your body, some billions of them.
    And you need them to digest properly and prevent gut infections.

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    Oct 16, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    In some countries (you know who you are) E coli is found on 1 in 1 phones!
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    Oct 16, 2011 3:47 PM GMT
    ew...
    Wash hands after using the loo please.
  • starboard5

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    Oct 16, 2011 6:49 PM GMT
    minox saidyou have more E coli in your guts than cells in your body, some billions of them.
    And you need them to digest properly and prevent gut infections.



    ...And they're fine where they belong, in your colon. Get them elsewhere and it's another matter.
  • dancedancekj

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    Oct 16, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    Fecal matter is everywhere in the food service industry as well. Just one person doesn't wash their hands after going to the bathroom, they touch their silverware and plate, and the table bussers have fecal matter on their hands. Bussers touch the table, fecal matter on the table. Touch the countertop, server touches the countertop, touches your plate, and bam - you've got E. coli all over your lovely dinner.

    I think you'd have to liberally smear the phone in fecal matter before you would get anywhere close to pathogenic levels of E. coli.

    Plus, a lot of gay men are disgusting when it comes to the anus anyway. I doubt most people have regularly suffered E. coli outbreaks after a good round of sex icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 16, 2011 6:58 PM GMT
    er... yeah... a lot of those comments are almost correct.

    There are some E. coli (and other fecal bacteria) on everything that humans touch. Especially kids. These organisms aren't necessarily going to make you sick (although some of them can), but they are indicator organisms. It means a pathway of disease transmission is present. So more serious pathogens and viruses, which are harder to detect, might also be transmitted between people. Anything from cholera to hepatitis.

    Incidentally, this is why the live polio vaccine works so well. You do "catch-and-release" vaccination on maybe 30% of the kids in a slum and they quickly spread it to the rest. This is also why I stay clear of primary schools.

    BTW: word for the day. An object that transmits disease organisms between people is called a "fomite." Try to use it in conversation today.
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    Oct 16, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    mindgarden said
    Incidentally, this is why the live polio vaccine works so well. You do "catch-and-release" vaccination on maybe 30% of the kids in a slum and they quickly spread it to the rest. This is also why I stay clear of primary schools.


    I've always wondered this, but wouldn't daycare providers and elementary school teachers have quite possibly the strongest immune systems of the adult population since they're continually exposed to multiple strains of viruses and bacteria?
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    Oct 16, 2011 7:56 PM GMT
    mindgarden said
    There are some E. coli (and other fecal bacteria) on everything that humans touch. Especially kids. These organisms aren't necessarily going to make you sick (although some of them can), but they are indicator organisms. It means a pathway of disease transmission is present. So more serious pathogens and viruses, which are harder to detect, might also be transmitted between people. Anything from cholera to hepatitis.


    Yes. And that's why (even though we don't say it out loud) every patient needs to be viewed as a source of fecal matter, and hands need to be washed both before and after you touch them. Not that you can completely eliminate them, but the reduction in bacterial numbers certainly helps.
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    Oct 16, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
    mindgarden said
    Incidentally, this is why the live polio vaccine works so well. You do "catch-and-release" vaccination on maybe 30% of the kids in a slum and they quickly spread it to the rest. This is also why I stay clear of primary schools.


    Um, you do know that, at least in the US and UK, the Sabin (live) vaccine has been completely supplanted by the Salk (inactivated) vaccine because of rare cases of poliomyelitis from the attenuated vaccine virus?
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    Oct 16, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    they're all just talking shit anyways so who cares.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 16, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
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    Hello ? ... Hello ?
    Damn this thing drops calls all the time