With 16 percent of both phones and hands sampled containing E. coli, researchers say a lack of hand-washing, or a bad job doing it–is to blame.

“A UK-wide study of mobile phones planned to coincide with Global Handwashing Day, found that one in six carries fecal matter, probably because their owners are not washing their hands with soap after using the toilet. Researchers said some of the phones were contaminated with E. coli, fecal bacteria that can cause stomach upsets and serious food poisoning such as in the fatal O157 outbreak in Germany in June 2011″ (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com)

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