Just How Really Dirty Are Money? Infections Caused by Money

Moneys are really dirty – this is not any innovation. However, did you know which bacteria live in money? Scientists from New York University have submitted one-dollar bill to DNA testing and discovered that there are 3,000 bacterial species in them.

Among the most common types of bacteria in money are those that cause acne and bacteria that cause problems in the gut, lung inflammation and even kidney failure. In a large number of money bills, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was also found potentially deadly.

However, most scientists have been surprised to find that microbes are growing in money and also multiplying in them.

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These are the most common bacteria in the money bills:

1. Streptococcus

Streptococcus causes inflammation of the throat, skin infection, urinary tract infection and even lung inflammation.

2. Escherichia coli

Although some of its types are harmless, some others are deadly. E. coli causes anemia and kidney problems, which can lead to death. Many people affected by this microbe suffer from stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

3. Salmonella

Salmonella Enterica is one of the main causes of food poisoning. This microbe is transmitted and spread through money.

4. Golden Staphylococcus

Golden staphylococcus is a highly resistant antibiotic bacterium. It causes skin infection, inflammation of the tonsils, sinuses and eyes. It also causes hematoma, lung inflammation, toxic shock syndrome and meningitis.


MRSA is a high-spectrum antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus. It can cause death to many tissues.

Therefore, after you’ve touched money, make sure to wash your hands. Most importantly make sure that you do not touch your face with them and do not put them in your mouth.

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