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Fecal bacteria found on University of Washington computer keyboards

Associated Press - July 12, 2008 10:35 PM ET

SEATTLE (AP) - The University of Washington says its computer keyboards will now be cleaned weekly, after a student research project found high levels of fecal coliform bacteria on some of them.

The students found the bacteria on keyboards at two busy areas on the Seattle campus - Odegaard Undergraduate Library and Mary Gates Hall. Fecal coliform is a bacteria found in fecal matter.

Gwy-Am Shin, an associate professor and faculty supervisor for the research project, says the testing was rudimentary and did not use the most sophisticated techniques.

But she says it demonstrates the importance of hygiene in public schools. The presence of fecal coliform is an indicator that other pathogens may be on the keyboards, such as E. coli bacteria.

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