3,000 types of bacteria found on dollar bills

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
All of us love to have a pocket full of cash to spend, but a new study finds those bills could be making you sick!

Bills collected in the winter months were most likely to have bacteria containing pneumonia, suggesting that money may have a part in the spread of illness.

NEW YORK (NBC) - All of us love to have a pocket full of cash to spend, but a new study finds those bills could be making you sick!

Researchers at New York University found 3,000 types of bacteria on dollar bills they got from a Manhattan bank.

Most were harmless microbes from skin, but some had bacteria containing antibiotic resistant genes, like MRSA.

Bills collected in the winter months were most likely to have bacteria containing pneumonia, suggesting that money may have a part in the spread of illness.

Although this sounds alarming, experts say these microbes live on most everything we touch, but it's always a good idea to wash your hands after handling money.


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