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The Microbial Contamination of Mobile Communication Devices

    Author: Joanna Verran1
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    Affiliations: 1: School of Healthcare Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5GD, UK
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    • Published 03 May 2012
    • Supplementary materials available at http://jmbe.asm.org
    • Author’s mailing address: School of Healthcare Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester St., Manchester M1 5GD, UK. Phone: 00-44-161-247-1206. E-mail: j.verran@mmu.ac.uk.
    • Copyright © 2012 American Society for Microbiology
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2012 vol. 13 no. 1 59-61. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.351
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    Abstract:

    This tip describes a simple laboratory exercise to assess the microbial contamination of mobile phones, and suggests extension work that enables additional exploration of the topic. At its most basic, it is suitable for the school classroom; more advanced development of the suggested activities are suitable for undergraduate project work.

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References & Citations

1. Brady RRB, Wasson A, Stirling I, McAllister C, Damani NN 2006 Is your phone bugged? The incidence of bacteria known to cause nosocomial infection on health care workers’ mobile phones J. Hosp. Infect. 62 112 125 10.1016/j.jhin.2005.05.005 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2005.05.005
2. Brady RRB, Verran J, Damani NN, Gibb AC 2009 Review of mobile communication devices as potential reservoirs of nosocomial pathogens J. Hosp. Infect. 71 295 307 10.1016/j.jhin.2008.12.009 19168261 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2008.12.009
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Abstract:

This tip describes a simple laboratory exercise to assess the microbial contamination of mobile phones, and suggests extension work that enables additional exploration of the topic. At its most basic, it is suitable for the school classroom; more advanced development of the suggested activities are suitable for undergraduate project work.

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The contamination of three different mobile phones before and after wiping with an antimicrobial phone wipe containing benzalkonium chloride as the major active ingredient, and showing the range of contaminants and the varying effectiveness of the wipe.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2012 vol. 13 no. 1 59-61. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.351
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