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Steering wheel germier than toilet seat

April 25, 2011
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LONDON — Your steering wheel could harbor as much as nine times the germs and bacteria than a public toilet seat, according to the Daily News and Analysis.

Research has found that while a toilet can harbor up to 80 bacteria per square inch, nearly 700 harmful germs can be found in the interior of a car, the article noted.

"While most of the bacteria were unlikely to cause health problems, some cars were found to play host to a number of potentially harmful bacterial species," said Dr. Ron Cutler, director of biomedical science at Queen Mary University.

"Most people clean their homes but many are neglecting to clean their cars and are driving around in vehicles which resemble a rubbish bin," Cutler added.

According to the article, the study revealed that Bacillus cereus, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning, is most commonly found in cars.

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