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Germs can live for days in airline cabins, study says
Germs can live for days in airline cabins, study says

Government studies have debunked the long-held myth that air circulated in commercial planes is jam-packed with disease-causing germs. Now comes a study that raises fears about germs on cabin surfaces. Microbiologists and engineers at Auburn University found that disease-causing bacteria can live several days on armrests, tray tables, toilet buttons, window shades, seat pockets and seat leather. The bacteria tested in the study include a type of E. coli that can cause diarrhea in adults and a drug-resistant staphylococcus that can lead to infections, skin disease, pneumonia and sepsis. Bacteria in saliva that researchers placed on seat pockets lived the longest — eight days,...

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