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According to media reports, recent research results published by Swiss and American researchers show that rubber ducks in bathroom toys can breed a large number of bacteria and can easily spread diseases.
The Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich and the University of Illinois A joint study was conducted to detect the microbial content in bathroom toys such as rubber ducks and rubber crocodiles. It was found that 80% of the water sprayed by the tested toys contained 'potential pathogens'.
The results of this study were published in the journal Nature on the 27th. The author of the study stated that the surface of this type of toy contains up to 75 million cells per square centimeter, as well as various types of bacteria and fungi, including Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the bacteria 'usually associated with nosocomial infections.'
The microbiologist and lead author of the research report, Lisa Neu, pointed out: “We found that different bath toys have different (bacterial content). One of the reasons is that the materials are different. (Rubber) releases carbon and is easy to breed bacteria.'
She also said that tap water usually does not promote the growth of bacteria, but the low-quality polymers in plastic materials can provide them with the nutrients they need. Urine, sweat, dirt, and soap used in bathing contain substances such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and warm salt water, which also help bacteria grow.
Researchers have shown that although certain bacteria can help children strengthen their immune system, they can also cause infections in the eyes, ears, and intestines. After receiving financial support from the Swiss government, the researchers expanded the scope of their research to household items. They found that bathroom toys made of high-quality polymers can prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi.