NYU researchers identified 3,000 types of bacteria on ONLY 80 one-dollar bills collected in New York. The sample of bacteria included but was not limited to acinetobacter species (causes antibiotic-resistant infections), staphylococcus (causes skin infections), e-coli (causes food poisoning), helicobacter pylori (causes gastric ulcers), and corynebactrium diphtheriae (causes diphtheria). Also found was traces of anthrax, and DNA from horses and dogs plus two from white rhino.
How many times do we go into restaurants to eat or pick up food, pay with cash, and never wash our hands before we eat? I shudder thinking about it. You can either stay out of fast food restaurants (best choice), use a credit or debit card that only you handle and wash frequently, or wash your hands well before you eat.
Why You Shouldn't Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is