International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 3 Issue 1 2012- July 2012        Pages: 44- 54               <<Previous    Next>>

Isolation and identification of bacteria from covered and uncovered mobile phones

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Suganya.S, Judia Harriet Sumathy.V
Post Graduate and Research Department of Biotechnology, Women’s Christian College, College Road, Chennai, India


Mobile phones are dispensable accessories in social life but are normally not cleaned properly. Therefore, they serve as a reservoir of bacteria and may cause noscomial infections. Because of the achievements and benefits of the mobile phone, it is easy to overlook its hazard to health; this is against the background that many users may have no regard for personal hygiene, and the number of people who may use the same phone. This constant handling of the phone by different users exposes it to an array of microorganisms, and makes it a good carrier for microbes, especially those associated with the skin resulting in the spread of different microorganisms from user to user. Microbiologists say that the combination of constant handling with the heat generated by the phones creates a prime breeding ground for many microorganisms that are normally found on the skin. Thus the purpose of this study was to investigate microbiological colonization on mobile phones which are not covered and to compare it with those of covered mobiles and thus suggest a cost effective solution for this emerging noscomial infection.

Keywords: Mobile Phones, Noscomial Infections, Health Hazard, Microbiologists and Solution..

DOI: 10.6088/ijes.2012030131006

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