Monday, May 12, 2008

The desk, ‘the laptop of luxury’ for bacteria

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Great Myth Conceptions
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
( http://www.harpercollins.co.in/)

Dangerous desktops

If you regularly eat and drink at your desk, it may shock you to know that the desk on average “has 50 times more bacteria per square centimetre than a toilet seat.” This, in essence, was the finding of a study conducted in August 2001 by Dr Charles Gerba, a microbiologist from the University of Arizona, and his team. They looked for five different types of bacteria, viz. E. coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, Streptococcus, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus aureus, recounts Dr Karl Kruszelnicki in Great Myth Conceptions.

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