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E. Coli Shopping Carts

E. Coli Shopping Carts - Parents may want to think twice before dropping their toddlers into the front of a shopping cart, according to a new study.

University of Arizona researchers, as reported by MSNBC.com , swabbed shopping cart handles in four states. What they found was that of 85 carts examined, 72 percent had a marker for fecal bacteria.

A closer look at samples from 46 carts showed E. coli on half of them.

"That's more than you find in a supermarket's restroom," lead researcher Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology, told MSNBC. He said that's because while disinfecting cleaners are used in restrooms nobody routinely disinfects shopping carts.

AOL Health cautioned that while most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can cause illness and some can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia among other illnesses.

Gerba discovered in a previous study that children who ride in shopping carts are more likely than others to develop infections caused by salmonella and campylobacter, two other types of bacteria. AOL Health said that in June 2010 he co-authored a report with Lorna Linda University that warned reusable grocery bags could contain bacteria including E. coli.

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