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Keeping your keyboard free of germs

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Bacteria on our keyboards may accumulate more often than we think. What we don't always know is how the bacteria even gets there in the first place.

Research from the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia studied the types and amount of bacteria on personal faculty and shared keyboards. The study showed that keyboards can have high levels of bacteria and shared keyboards tend to have higher bacteria.

A research by The University of Arizona researchers found that the average desktop has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. The study took samples from offices around the United States, and showed that a woman's desk tends to have more bacteria than men's, all according to Center 4 Research.

Most of the bacteria found by researchers are types that tend to live on people, usually in our skin and in our mouths and nasal passages. So it is likely that most of the bacteria came from our hands.

Although most bacteria cannot hurt you unless your immune system is very weak, it could still cause an infection if you have a cut.

As a precaution, always wash your hands before and after using a shared computer. Try to not eat at your desk, in this case you are transmitting germs from your mouth to the keyboard.

A few tips to help keep your keyboard free from bacteria: Turn your keyboard upside down and empty debris, use compressed air to blow the debris out, or use a cotton swab with alcohol  to clean in between the keys.

Simple hand washing is always the best way to stop the spread of bacteria.

Mobile users click here to view a slideshow of bacteria accumulation on keyboards.

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