Monday, May 14, 2007

Your Designer Purse Can Make You Sick!

Your purse could be a lethal weapon!

Many women take the time to employ various techniques to protect themselves from germs in public restrooms. Interestingly enough, however, a lot of those same women don’t think twice about placing their purses down on the floor of the bathroom stall. Not only that, they set them on the floor while riding the bus, or while dining at a restaurant, or while dancing at a nightclub, or on the bedspread at a hotel (they only wash those things about once a year, folks). And then, when they get home, they set that same purse on the kitchen sink or the dining room table while they rifle through the daily mail or check their phone messages.

Recently, Nelson Laboratories of Salt Lake City tested a random selection of ladies’ purses: those belonging to moms, executive-types, and swinging singles. What did they find? Pseudomonas, staphylococcus aurous, salmonella and e-coli. Many of the handbags had fecal contamination, and those belonging to the women that frequented dance clubs also had traces of vomit. In layman’s terms, the pocketbooks were not only coated with bacteria, they were infested with harmful bacteria, the types that can cause all sorts of infections.

Microbiologists recommend treating your purse as you do your shoes – don’t set it on any surface on which you prepare or eat food, including restaurant tables. The same goes for diaper bags. A germy purse almost certainly won’t kill you, but it could make you (or members of your family) plenty sick.

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