Study: Thousands of bacteria living on cash

Created: 04/22/2014 12:13 PM WHEC.com

There is a new study out that found your money could be making you sick.

Researchers at New York University found 3,000 types of bacteria on dollar bills they got from a Manhattan bank. Most were harmless microbes from skin, but some had bacteria containing antibiotic resistant genes like MRSA. 

Bills collected in the winter months were most likely to have bacteria containing pneumonia, suggesting that money may have a part in the spread of illness.

Although this sounds alarming, experts say these microbes live on most everything we touch. 

But experts say it is a good idea to wash your hands after handling money. 

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