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NEW YORK (CBS News) – Despite their sleek, clean design, cellphones harbor loads of bacteria. That’s because they go everywhere with us — even into the bathroom.

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Cellphones contain a concoction of all of the germs that we encounter throughout the day because we are constantly touching things and then tapping and swiping. So a finger goes in your nose (to scratch the surface only, of course) and then that finger touches a cellphone screen where it deposits Staphylococcus. There’s a plethora of research to back this up.

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A 2011 study on cellphones found that one in six cellphones contained traces of fecal matter. Students studying bacteriology at the University of Surrey placed their phones in petri dishes with bacteriological growth media. After three days they found germs ranging from harmless skin bacteria to disease-causing pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus.

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