Travel Med Infect Dis 2021 Jun 8:102095. Epub 2021 Jun 8.
Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, Robina, QLD, Australia (AU); Harry Butler Institute, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA, 6150, Australia (AU); General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology, Dubai Police, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE); Dubai Future Council on Community Security, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE); Dubai Police Scientists Council, Dubai Police, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Introduction: Mobile phones are used the world over, including in healthcare settings. This study aimed to investigate the viable microbial colonisation of mobile phones used by healthcare personnel.
Methods: Swabs collected on the same day from 30 mobile phones belonging to healthcare workers from three separate paediatric wards of an Australian hospital were cultured on five types of agar plate, then colonies from each phone were pooled, extracted and sequenced by shotgun metagenomics. Read More