London: New tests have suggested that cash machines are as dirty as public toilets because they carry bacteria that can cause sickness and diarrhoea.In England, experts took swabs from the numeric keypads on a couple of ATMs and also took similar swabs from the seats of nearby public lavatories and compared the bacteria under microscopes in a lab.It was found that the swabs from both the locations contained pseudomonads and bacillus, bacteria responsible for sickness and diarrhoea.
Moreover, nearly than 42 per cent of Brits think the ATMs are dirty, with a quarter admitting they try not to use them to avoid having to touch the buttons, getting cashback from shops instead.Hastings said, ``Public telephones can be a real hot spot for germs and grime.”``Not only are they handled by different people each day, but the handsets are then held close to people`s nose and mouth."``But it`s ironic that while people perceive chip and pin pads to be the least dirtiest, our swabbing experiments have actually shown them to be dirtier than public lavatories," he added. (ANI)
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