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UCL in the News: Keyboards 'dirtier than a toilet'

1 May 2008

BBC News Some computer keyboards harbour more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat, research has suggested.

Out of 33 keyboards swabbed, four were regarded as a potential health hazard and one harboured five times more germs than one of the office's toilet seats.

Microbiologist Dr Peter Wilson [UCL Infection & Immunity] said a keyboard was often "a reflection of what is in your nose and in your gut". …

Dr Wilson … told BBC Radio 5 Live sharing a keyboard could be passing on illnesses among office workers.

"If you look at what grows on computer keyboards, and hospitals are worse, believe it or not, it's more or less a reflection of what's in your nose and in your gut," he said.

"Should somebody have a cold in your office, or even have gastroenteritis, you're very likely to pick it up from a keyboard." …