Your iPhone is Just as Nasty as BART

Categories: Health, Tech

With flu season here and all, why not drum up a little more terror inside your germ-infested body? Hell, it's worth it if gets your to wash your hands one more time today.

Two years ago, the Bay Area was grossed out (yet not surprised) after the Bay Citizen revealed that BART seats are dirtier than a Porta Potti. And while we turn to our cellphones to help us try to tune out this fact every time we're on BART, turns out, those little gadgets aren't exactly pure.

Students studying bacteriology at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom imprinted their mobile phones onto petri dishes to see what sorta of nastiness was lingering there.

Low and behold, the group discovered some disease-carrying bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus -- a common cause of Staph infections such as food poisoning, impetigo, and septicaemia.

'The ecological niche on the body for Staphylococcus aureus is the nostrils, so a furtive pick of the nose, and quick text after, and you end up with this pathogen on your smartphone," explains Dr Simon Park, senior lecturer in molecular biology at the University of Surrey.

Ahhh. What's next? Doorknobs? Ketchup bottles? Everything is dirty. Can't we just pick our nose and text in peace?

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