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Can money make you sick?

"The high amount of antibiotic-resistance genes found from the banknotes is considerable," said researcher Jun Li.

An analysis of microbes living on banknotes collected from hospitals and metro stations in Hong Kong suggests dangerous pathogens can populate on paper money.
The research -- detailed in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology -- offers clues as to how bacterial and viral infections spread across the globe.
After collecting cultures from banknotes throughout Hong Kong, researchers allowed the microbes to grow in the lab, revealing the presence of dangerous pathogens, including Escherichia coli and Vibrio cholera.

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