Rubber Ducks May Not Be Squeaky Clean After All, Scientists Say

Rubber Ducks May Not Be Squeaky Clean After All, Scientists Say
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It turns out that the rubber ducks your child enjoys so much during bath time are actually hotbeds for nasty bugs.

In a collaboration between Swiss and American researchers, an experiment was conducted in which they counted the microbes swimming inside rubber ducks – and the results weren’t exactly encouraging. The scientists reported that the liquid that is released with rubber ducks are squeezed contains “potentially pathogenic bacteria” – and this was found in four out of the five toys studied.

The nasty bugs from the rubber ducks have the potential to cause serious illness, and included both Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa – a bacterium that is “often implicated in hospital-acquired infections.”

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The rubber ducks study was carried out by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich, and the University of Illinois, and was published Tuesday in the journal Bi