Subways of New York are places crawling with bacteria from anthrax to faeces matter, new study shows.
The subway, each of us is taking every single day, might be packed with more than just humans. A new statistics from the Weill Cornell Medical College, stated that the trains are filled with hundreds of germs, fungal, viral and belonging to animals.
The 637, different bacteria apart from being disgusting are also extremely dangerous for our health. Experts found superbugs resistant to antibiotics, DNA pieces connected to anthrax and even traces of Bubonic plaque. The conclusions have been made after the study of 466 metro stations and 24 separate lines.
Even so, there is no need for people to panic and start covering up with special suits or choose not to take the subway anymore, stated the lead researcher, doctor Christopher E. Mason, professor at the division of psychology and biophysics from the Weill Cornell Medical College.
Most of the bacteria appeared to be inactive or favourable, as they could be out-competing other dangerous microbes, explained professor Mason.
He added that nine out of ten times when getting in contact with objects in the subway, was not threatening at all, and that one time that was dangerous, the germs were not powerful enough to provoke disease.
The germ samples have been collected since the summer of 2013, and experts have managed to own a number of 1.457 samples, out of which, 125 were found in low levels. The microbes resistant to antibiotics were found in a percentage of 27% in the tested samples. Although, researchers have found samples of anthrax and plague, the traces were just DNA pieces, and there had been no substantial evidence that they were alive and active, meaning they posed no threat to human health.
But these facts shouldn’t stop people from carrying with them hand sanitisers and use them as often as possible. Researchers have also found remains of faeces matter, when examining the poles, benches, garbage cans, and seats.
Measles and Ebola, were out of the question, as they were extremely uncommon in the subway environment. There are some viruses which only occur seasonal, and because of this, they may not have showed up in the tests.
Natural disasters like floods, have affected the spreading of germs in certain stations. Experts have come across ten new species of bacteria in the Manhattan’s South Ferry train station, which was seriously affected by the floods during the Sandy Superstorm. That was the only place that specific type of bacteria was found.
The stations were has been found the broadest variety of microbes, were the ones from Bronx and Staten Island had the smallest variety of microbes.
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