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Am J Infect Control. 2016 Mar 1;44(3):358-60. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.10.013.

Bacterial contamination of computer touch screens.

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1
Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
2
Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Tucson, AZ.
3
Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Electronic address: lopezg3@email.arizona.edu.

Abstract

The goal of this study was to determine the occurrence of opportunistic bacterial pathogens on the surfaces of computer touch screens used in hospitals and grocery stores. Opportunistic pathogenic bacteria were isolated on touch screens in hospitals; Clostridium difficile and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus and in grocery stores; methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Enteric bacteria were more common on grocery store touch screens than on hospital computer touch screens.

KEYWORDS:

Clostridium difficile; Coliforms; Computer touch screen; Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus

PMID:
26940596
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2015.10.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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