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Study: Your Cellphone is Teeming With Germs

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Your smart phone — it’s your social life, your workplace and your entertainment all in one. A new study says it’s also a festering cesspit of bacteria.

That’s right, the phone that goes with you into subways, public bathrooms and gyms — and then spends most of its time cozying up to your ears, nose and mouth — is far from clean, according to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal.

Tests of eight random mobile phones from a Chicago office found “abnormally high numbers of coliforms, a bacteria indicating fecal contamination,” reports the Journal, with about 2,700 to 4,200 units of the bacteria on each phone. (Drinking water is supposed to have less than one unit of the bacteria per half-cup.)

(MORE:Men vs. Women: Whose Offices Have More Bacteria?)

Scientists say the sort of bacteria found in the study can result in flu, pinkeye…

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