Mobile phones have become part of our daily lives. It is not unusual that many people have all the time, unaware of its potential to prevent disease-causing bacteria.
A studies conducted in the United Kingdom found that one in six mobile phones used in the country was contaminated with the bacterium E. coli.
The Bacterial contamination is believed to be caused by mobile phone user’s bad habits who do not wash their hands after using the bathroom or holding anything else.
Though most respondents said that they have washed their hands with soap or sanitizers after using the bathroom, the results showed nine out of every 10 mobile phones were contaminated with E. coli. Similarly, eight out of 10 of his hands were also contaminated.
"The result of the study shows that many mobile phone users do not wash their hands properly, especially after using the bathroom," said Dr. Val Curtis of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Escherichia coli bacteria in short E coli bacteria one of the main species of gram-negative bacteria. This bacteria was discovered by Theodor Escherich usually lives in the feces, and can cause human health problem such as diarrhea, vomiting and other digestive problems.
In fact, not all E Coli bacteria are harmful to the human body. There are only certain types of these bacteria that can lead to serious diseases such as the E. coli strain O104: H4 that affect Germany several years, and E. coli strain O157: H7 outbreak 1982 in the United States.
Type O104: H4 is included in the Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) category, which is the cause of bloody diarrhea. Even these cases often develop into hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a disease that can cause kidney failure and a variety of other infectious complications.
It is advisable to wash hands after using the toilet and to make it sure always bring hand sanitizer anywhere to avoid E. coli