Title https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/a-real-public-health-risk-study-cites-mobile-phone?utm_source=racgpnewsgpnewsletter&utm_campaign=newsgpedm&utm_medium=email Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet News GP Media type Web Country/Territory Australia Date 17/06/22 Description Using swabs and DNA extraction, new research claims to have uncovered the fullest picture yet of the microbes found on mobile phones, with big implications for healthcare workers.
Its authors, who include Professor Mark Morgan, Chair of RACGP Expert Committee–Quality Care (REC–QC), believe the findings could have serious implications for healthcare workers’ infection control, including in general practice, and the wider community.
The lead author is Lotti Tajouri, an Associate Professor of Genomics and Molecular Biology at Bond University.
He told newsGP the methodology, which included DNA extraction and next generation sequencing, has given more detail of what the ubiquitous devices are harbouring than ever before.
Producer/Author Jolyon Attwooll Persons Lotti Tajouri, Mark Morgan