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Lift buttons 40 times dirtier than public toilets

24th September 2010

Scientists have found that lift buttons harbour nearly 40 times as many germs as a public toilet seat.

A study carried out in hotels, restaurants, banks, offices and airports found 313 "colony forming units" of bacteria on every square centimetre of lift button while the equivalent surface area of toilet seat had only eight units. Bacteria on the lift buttons could include stomach bugs such as E coli, though leading British microbiologist Professor Hugh Pennington said "just because there are bacteria on a lift button it doesn’t mean they are harmful to your health".


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Article Information

Title: Lift buttons 40 times dirtier than public toilets
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 16188
Date Added: 24th Sep 2010


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