Over 1000 types of bacteria, 200 types of viruses across surfaces in homes: reveals study

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Hyderabad, June 15 (UNI) There are over 1000 types of bacteria and 200 types of viruses across surfaces in homes, said a study conducted jointly by India’s leading government research agency, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) institution ‘Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology’ (IGIB) and a disinfectant brand.

The research team studied the presence of germs in Indian households and found that floor areas across different rooms harbour illness-causing germs such as, Escherichia coli, Moraxella spp, Brevundimonas spp, Acinetobacter spp.

The study found a variety of germs on floors in Indian homes.

The germs identified have been responsible for diseases such as diarrhoea and conditions like skin-infections, urinary tract infections, acne, eye and bloodstream infections, the study revealed.

Dr. Rakesh Sharma, PhD, Chief Scientist at CSIR-IGIB, said, “The germs found in the study are known to be responsible for certain illnesses and hence highlighting the need to maintain clean and germ-free homes.”