publication . Article . 2016

Dirty Money: A Matter of Bacterial Survival, Adherence, and Toxicity

Frank Vriesekoop; Jing Chen; Jenna Oldaker; Flavien Besnard; Reece Smith; William Leversha; Cheralee Smith-Arnold; Julie Worrall; Emily Rufray; Qipeng Yuan; ...
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  • Published: 23 Nov 2016 Journal: Microorganisms, volume 4, issue 4 (eissn: 2076-2607, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI
Abstract
In this study we report the underlying reasons to why bacteria are present on banknotes and coins. Despite the use of credit cards, mobile phone apps, near-field-communication systems, and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoins which are replacing the use of hard currencies, cash exchanges still make up a significant means of exchange for a wide range of purchases. The literature is awash with data that highlights that both coins and banknotes are frequently identified as fomites for a wide range of microorganisms. However, most of these publications fail to provide any insight into the extent to which bacteria adhere and persist on money. We treated the various curr...
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Medical Subject Headings: otorhinolaryngologic diseasesstomatognathic diseases
free text keywords: Article, banknotes, bacteria, substrate, coins, microcosm, microbiome, Ecology, Cryptocurrency, Cash, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Biology, Commerce
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