The answer is yes! According to a British study.
You might remember from last year’s H1N1 media crash course on microbes and viruses, that our little friends can be quite fun, and may cause vomiting, diarrhea and other ailments. Bacteria can also carry viruses like the common flu, or the funnier Solanum virus.
Richard Hastings, a microbiologist at BioCote, the company that sponsored the study, says he swabbed samples from the keypads of ATMs and prepared some petri dish cultures on which he let the bacteria grow.
The bacteria culture grew to the same level counts as those swabbed from public lavatories which, although quite alarming, is not very surprising. In fact, it reminds me of a study from a couple years ago, which claimed that the most viral item in a motel room was the television remote control, this forced me to revise my previous theory, that the most virally infected thing in a motel room, was the hooker.
So here’s my advise; Stay away from anything that a lot of different, anonymous people handle, like hand-ramps, public phones, Ke$ha…
In the mean time, I’d like to let the bank managers know that there are specialized cleaning companies they can hire. Let’s hope they pay attention and start having their ATMs cleaned, before we wind up with another zombie outbreak.
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