Toy rubber ducks may be haven for disease-causing bacteria

NEW YORK, Apr 1:
Parents, take note! The cute rubber ducks and other popular bath toys that your kids play with may be host a range of potentially pathogenic bacteria that cause eye, ear and stomach infections.
Researchers from the University of Illinois in the US, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology and ETH Zurich found that toy ducks are a breeding ground for microbes.
Water released from four out of every five ducks tested in the study included Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, often associated with infections acquired in hospitals, researchers said. (PTI)


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