Thursday, 9 June 2011

NewsBites: Patients' Mobiles Phones carry Aspergillus & Other Pathogens

A recent study in the American Journal of Infection Control (abstract) and covered in some detail by The Times of India examines the fungal and bacterial contamination found on the mobile phones of doctors and their patients. Potentially a route of infection, mobile phones of doctors were found to be contaminated in an earlier study (opening up the possibility that doctors may need to pay more attention to how and where they use their phones), but this study shows twice as many mobile phones owned by patients are contaminated compared with doctors - suggesting doctors are already cleaner mobile phone users compared with the general population.
Regardless, we all need to be aware of the potential of infection of the devices we all carry around.

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