MRSA, E.coli O157:H7 survive for days on surfaces commonly found in airplanes

May 21, 2014 7:10 PM

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Kiril Vaglenov, a graduate student in Auburn University's Department of Biological Sciences, and Professor Jim Barbaree, director of the study, said a major airline carrier supplied them with material from armrests, plastic tray tables, seat-pocket cloth, window shades and metal toilet buttons.

The researchers tested the materials to determine how long E. coli O157:H7 and MRSA survived on commonly touched surfaces under simulated temperature and humidity levels typically found during commercial flight.

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