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Study: Lidless toilets spread germs

January 11, 2012
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LONDON — A new study finds that the lid of the toilet should always be put down before flushing, according to the European Cleaning Magazine.

This is the conclusion of a new study that examined the amount of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) bacteria that fly into the air and contaminate surfaces when a toilet is flushed without the lid down, the article stated.

According to the article, the study was conducted by the Microbiology Department at Leeds General Infirmary in the U.K. and published in the International Journal of Hospital Infection.

Researchers measured airborne suspension of C. diff bacteria in addition to surface contamination by the bacteria after flushing, both with lids up and with lids down, the article noted.

"Lidless conventional toilets increase the risk of C. difficile environmental contamination, and thus we suggest their use is discouraged, particularly in settings where infection is common," the researchers concluded.

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