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April 18, 2011

Coins and currencies pose health hazards

SILCHAR, April 17: A note of caution has been sounded by two science researchers about the handling of coins and currencies. After marketing or shopping, people have to sanitize their hands in order to keep of diseases. Or while preparing to have abeverage or dish at a dhaba, restaurant or hotel, the safe advice is to ensure that the service boys and bartenders get their hands sanitized well. Otherwise, it is said by a medical research study conducted by Akshay Sharma and B Dhanashree of Manipal University, it might cause health hazards.
The potential danger is all the more from soiled currency notes of differentdenominations. Traders, petty and small, as well as vendors not excluding customers often face difficulty in selling or buying with currency notes, distorted, faded and even mutilated. Barak Valley markets are flooded with such currency notes that make its acceptance and circulation difficult.
The study has been published in the March edition of 'Current Science' that currency notes and coins are great bacteria carrier. The dissertation entitled 'Screening of currency in circulation for bacterial contamination' focuses on their potential hazards that carry bacteria. The alarming part of the study is that bacteria contamination is immune to any drug administration. A random examination and analysis of notes and coins has given enough indication and evidence of the 'contamination syndrome'.
This is a phenomenon, much to the ignorance of the vast population of this country. Almost all the currency notes and coins under study were found to be contaminated. The germs or bacterial species were identified as staphylococcus aureus, klebsiella spp and escherichia coli. The growing gastric and respiratory diseases in human bodies, the study finds, are related to these bacterial germs in currencies and coins, apart from the other traditional causes.
Another disturbing aspect of the studyrevealed that the bacteria are largely resistant to antibiotics like penicillin, piperacillin and ampicillin that can hardly provide panacea from the bodily disorders. Of the three bacteria,klebsiella spp are found to cause in hospital acquired infections, responsible for respiratory tract troubles. The problem of 'bacterial contamination' is further heightened by the dirt and dust along with environmental pollution. (SOURCE: SentinelAssam)

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