Your ATM Machine may be full of Microbes: Read and Be Cautious

Do you ever think using the ATM will surround with different types of bacteria? So be careful when you visit the nearby ATM (Automated Teller Machine). As the keypad might load with the bacterias from the spoiled food to parasites, which may lead to cause sexually transmitted disease (STDs). This is stated by the researchers after the deep analysis.

After the Ban of Rs500 and Rs1000 Notes in India, Government has implemented many rules for depositing, exchanging and withdrawal of money. Whatever the time, ATMs are completely queued up with the people who wants to withdraw money from ATM. So the keypads represent the particular and unexplored microhabitat for microbial communities.

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Jane Carlton, Professor at New York University, US says “Our results suggest that ATM keypads integrate microbes from different sources, including the human microbiome, foods, and potentially novel environmental organisms adapted to air or surfaces.”

He also mentioned that “DNA obtained from ATM keypads may provide a record of both human behavior and environmental sources of microbes.”

The researchers took the swabs of keypads from 66 ATMs in the month of June and July 2014. They collected those keypads from the different locations in Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn in the United States.

The most common identified sources of these microbes on the keypads were from the household surfaces. These are observe from the surfaces like restrooms, televisions, kitchens and pillows. The awkward thing is that fish, mollusks, and chicken also includes.

The residual DNA from the meal might remain on a person’s hands and transferred to the ATM keypad after the use, mentioned by the researchers.

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ATM keypads which located in the stores and laundromats is having the highest number of biomarkers. This is the most prominent Lactobacillus’s (Lactic Acid Bacteria), which found in the decomposing milk products and plants. The researchers also observed the Xeromyces bisporus which related to the spoiled baked goods.

The team of researchers found a parasite which typically seen in the gut of humans and other mammals. Besides with these species that closely related to the human parasite Trichomonas vaginitis, which can cause STD.

After the keen research:  researchers has noted that, there is no significant difference was found on the keypads from the ATMs located in the outdoors and indoors.

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