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Top 10 Germs on Your Smartphone


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Molds
You can find mold on leaves -- and also on your smartphone. © Ashley Cooper/Corbis
You can find mold on leaves -- and also on your smartphone. © Ashley Cooper/Corbis

Mold isn't just the stuff growing on those chimichangas you put in the fridge four weeks ago and haven't gotten around to throwing away. It also showed up on 10 percent of the cell phones tested in the Turkish health care workers' study.

Sure the stuff will make the old ice box smell ripe and it looks less than appealing when covering the wall of a bathroom, but it can also cause health problems. Exposure to mold is likely to affect the respiratory system, resulting in shortness of breath, nasal stuffiness, fever and—in less common cases—lung infection [sources: Ulger et al., CDC].