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How many germs are there in an average household?

How many germs are there in an average household?
Olivia E from Cheshire (age 5-14)

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  1. It is not easy to give an accurate response to this very interesting question. Microbes will be found in every part of a household on surfaces, in taps, sinks and showers as well as in the air and we come into contact with them all the time. Fortunately, these “environmental” bacteria are harmless and won’t make you unwell.

    The largest number of microbes are to be found in and on the people in the house -for example, in just one gramme of faeces (poo) there will be around 1,000,000,000,000 bacteria!

    Kevin Kerr, Consultant Microbiologist and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. The Royal College of Pathologists is holding an event entitled, Sex Drugs and Alcohol during National Science and Engineering Week. Our first National Pathology Week (3 – 9 November 2008) is taking place this year. See http://www.rcpath.org/index.asp?PageID=1526 for more details.

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