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BBC Radio London: Dr Manal Mohammed talks about research finding 19 types of bacteria on cash and coins

Biosciences 19 October 2018


Dr Manal Mohammed, Lecturer in Microbiology, was recently invited on BBC Radio London to discuss a recent study finding that bank notes and coins could contain up to 19 different types of bacteria.

Speaking to presenter Eddie Nestor, Dr Mohammed said: “It is actually shocking to find on our money contaminants that are life threatening and that could cause serious illness, especially towards children, old people, and pregnant women. The bacteria on the money are contaminated with faeces, so again, it’s a question of washing hands properly.”

Talking about prevention, Dr Mohammed said: “We really need more awareness about the importance of washing hands and perhaps put more flyers in toilets […] we rarely worry about cashiers, banks and food stores, but we should provide staff with gloves and antiseptic wipes to avoid the spread of germs.”

Listen to the full interview from 1:48:56.

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