Self-Service Checkout Screens Crawling With Fecal Bacteria, Study Finds

  • Health experts are warning shoppers to wash their hands regularly after a study found both feces and vomit-inducing bugs crawling on self-service checkout screens.
  • The investigation by British scientists, involving swabs taken from several everyday objects touched by multiple people, reveals thousands of bacteria on the ubiquitous payment machines.
  • E.coli, which causes vomiting, was present on nearly all the surfaces. Fecal bacteria and microbes that lead to urinary tract infections (UTIs) were found on self-service screens.
  •  A bug commonly found in the vagina, mouth, throat and gut called Candida albicans, which can cause yeast infections, was also discovered on an escalator handrail.
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