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February 4, 2007

BehindTheMedspeak: Why toilet seats are the cleanest objects in your office


Dr. Charles P. Gerba (below), widely known as "Dr. Germ" because of his research specialty, is a University of Arizona professor of environmental microbiology.

Here's a link to the transcript of an interview he did last year with the Washington Post.

Here's a link to an interview with him that appeared in the Winter 2005 Arizona Alumnus Magazine.

Gerba told the interviewer, "If an alien came from space and studied the bacterial counts, he probably would conclude he should wash his hands in your toilet and crap in your sink."

In the current issue of Self magazine, a story citing Gerba's work stated that "Toilet seats are usually the cleanest objects in an office because they get cleaned nightly."


The worst offenders: telephone, desktop, computer mouse, keyboard and copy machine.

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Well, the space alien that came to my house seemed to have concluded that he (it?) should do all his (its?) washing and crapping in the creek that runs behind my house. I've never been so insulted. AND he drank all my Cokes.

Posted by: Flautist | Feb 4, 2007 3:54:00 PM

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