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Patient mobile phones pose infection control threat

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Around 40% of mobile phones entering hospitals with patients, carers and visitors may contain multi-drug resistant pathogens such as MRSA, according to Turkish researchers.

The researchers looked at mobile phones used by patients, patients’ companions, visitors, and health care workers.

Significantly higher rates of pathogens were found in the mobile phones of patients rather than health care workers.

Multidrug pathogens in the patients’ mobile phones included methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing E. coli, and Klebsiella spp, high-level aminoglycoside-resistant Enterococcus spp, and carabepenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumanii.

The researchers said: “Specific infection control measures may be required for this threat.”

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