(CBS News) Washing your hands after using the bathroom might be a common practice to stop the spread of germs, but not many women may wash their hands after they put them in their purse. But, according to a study conducted by the company Initial Washroom
Hygiene, perhaps they should.
Researchers with the hygiene and washroom services company swabbed handbags to find the dirtiest parts. Twenty percent of handbags swabbed had levels of bacteria-related contamination, which could potentially cross-contaminate other surfaces -- and contained more germs than the average toilet flush, CBS New York reported.
Dr. Sorana Segal-Maurer, an infectious disease specialist with New York
Hospital-Queens, said that it's highly unlikely someone would get sick from
their handbag, people should still take precautions to stop the spread of
The items inside the purse didn't fair well either. Swabs revealed that face or hand cream were most-bacteria ridden items, followed by lipstick and mascara.
One item that may have spread bacteria to the purse is none other than the cell
"We don't want to put it down. It goes into the bathroom with some people -- not a good idea," Segal-Maurer said. "You really need to wipe it down."
Leather handbags were the most likely to contain the most bacteria, because the spongy material is a perfect breeding ground, according to the study..
Handbags come into regular contact with our hands and a variety of surfaces, so the risk of transferring different germs onto them is very high, especially as bags are rarely cleaned," Peter Barratt, technical Manager at Initial Hygiene, said in a press release. Once these germs are on the bags, they can easily be transferred via hands onto other surfaces. Regular hand sanitisation is essential to prevent the presence of bacteria in the first place and thorough cleaning of bags is recommended to prevent the build up of contamination."
Segal-Maurer suggested never putting your handbag on the bathroom floor and using anti-bacterial wipes to clean the bottom of the bag and handles. Also, never carry fruit in your purse.
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An eight-year-old girl is recovering after a dolphin at Sea World bit her and appeared to nearly pull her into the water while her mother was shooting video.
Jillian Thomas made the mistake of lifting her plate of food for the dolphin into the air, which the park warns visitors not to do.
Luckily, she wasn't seriously hurt. She left the Orlando, Florida theme park with a set of teeth marks that are about the size of dimes, but her parents are still not happy about the incident, which they say was "trivialized" by Sea World employees. The Thomas family does not plan to sue, but they released the video in an effort to make sure it doesn't happen again and they're urging Sea World to raise the age limit of the children allowed to feed the animals.
Sea World said in a statement, "Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our guests, employees and animals. Educators and animal care staff were at the attraction when this happened and immediately connected with the family."