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J Clin Epidemiol. 1994 Oct;47(10):1173-4.

Are public library books contaminated by bacteria?

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  • 1C. E. Smith Jewish Day School Rockville, Maryland, USA.

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The microbial flora on the surfaces of 15 books obtained from a public library and from 15 books obtained from a family household were studied. Staphylococcus epidermidis was recovered from 4 of the library books and 3 of the family household books. The number of organisms per page was between one to four. This data illustrates the safety of using library books, as they do not serve as a potential source of transmission of virulent bacteria.

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