Leak But Don’t Touch

Men's Health |

Public bathrooms can be nauseating – literally.

Scientists at the University of Colorado found that a typical toilet harbors 19 phyla of bacteria.

Study author Dr Gilberto Flores says while many are harmless, each family has potentially bad bugs. So wash your hands and use a hand sanitiser.


Bad bug: propionibacterium acnes, which causes acne and eye infections


Bad bug: streptococcus pyogenes, the culprit behind strep throat


Bad bug: staphylococcus aureus, which can leave you with a skin infection


Bad bug: clostridium tetani, responsible for tetanus


Bad bug: corynebacterium diphtheriae, which can cause diphtheria


Bad bug: moraxella catarrhalis, often linked to respiratory infections

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