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South Med J. 2002 Dec;95(12):1408-10.

Bacterial contamination of paper currency.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Wright-Patterson Medical Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433-5529, USA.

Abstract

One-dollar bills were collected from the general community in western Ohio to survey for bacterial contamination. Pathogenic or potentially pathogenic organisms were isolated from 94% of the bills. These results suggest a high rate of bacterial contamination of one-dollar bills.

PMID:
12597308
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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