E. coli is a rod-shaped bacterium commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms. E. coli and related bacteria constitute about 0.1% of gut flora and fecal-oral transmission is the major route through which pathogenic strains of the bacterium cause disease. Virulent strains of E. coli can cause gastroenteritis, urinary -tract infections, and neonatal meningitis.
E. coli and related bacteria constitute about 0.1% of gut flora and fecal-oral transmission is the major route through which pathogenic strains of the bacterium cause disease. Cells are able to survive outside the body for a limited amount of time, which makes them ideal indicator organisms to test environmental samples for fecal contamination.
Fecal E. coli bacteria in cellphones
Dr. Ron Cutler of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine traveled to some cities in Britain, took 390 samples from cellphones and hands and then analyzed the samples in the lab to record the type and number of germs. It was found that 16 per cent of hands and 16 per cent of phones were found to host E. coli bacteria that are associated with stomach upsets.
The researcher observed “Fecal bacteria can survive on hands and surfaces for hours, especially in warmer temperatures away from sunlight; it is easily transferred by touch to door handles, food and cellphones. The mobile phone is a lovely area...
for some of the bacteria that we actually started to grow and as we speak on phone too much, it heats up”
How to avoid E-coli in cellphines by proper cleaning of hands
Public health experts advise people to wash their hands carefully after using the washroom. Following are to be observed:
- Take time to wash properly and long enough,
- Wash both the front and back of hands,
- Scrub fingers including under fingernails,
- Use soap and water.
It is further suggested that along with hand washing, keeping cellphones and workstations clean by wiping them down with solutions that contain at least 60 per cent alcohol, will cut down on the spread of germs.
It is to be seen that every year, 3.5 million children under the age of five are killed by pneumonia and diarrhea diseases that can be prevented by hand washing.