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03/12/2015 06:04 pm ET Updated Mar 12, 2015

7 Everyday Items That Are Harboring Germs

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You expect germs to lurk in the obvious places—the toilet bowl, the trashcans, the floors. But there’s a slew of stuff in your day-to-day life that can harbor millions of bacteria and viruses. While most of these microbes are harmless to people whose immune systems are operating normally, little kids, who are still building up defenses, and older folks, whose defenses are dwindling, are susceptible. And anyone can get sick from the really bad bacteria like E. coli and salmonella, which can multiply in minutes.

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