Washington: Commonly shared wind musical instruments harbour germs which can be a source of infection, a recent study has indicated.Germs survive for several days in wind instruments like the clarinet, flute and saxophone, said Stuart Levy, professor of molecular biology and microbiology at the Tufts University School of Medicine, who led the study."We found that disease-causing germs survive on commonly-shared instruments for one to two days," he said."Thousands of children share musical instruments in elementary and high school each year but there is no established standard for cleaning those instruments," Levy added.The International Journal of Environmental Health research reports that early research has proved that shared wind instruments are conducive to bacteria and people who play them have recurring sore throats and airway inflammation.
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