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Cellphones Harbor Dangerous Bacteria: Researchers

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- It’s a variation on an old theme: wash your hands...and your cellphone, too!

A study conducted by two leading London universities finds that poor hygiene can lead to dirty, germ-infested -- and perhaps dangerous -- cellphones.

“If your hands are really dirty, there's a good chance that you phone is going to be really dirty,” said Dr. Ron Cutler from the University of London.

After swabbing nearly 400 phones, researchers found that one in six devices on average harbored E. coli bacteria, something that can easily be picked in the bathroom if you don't wash your hands properly.

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