Plastic bathtime ducks are full of fungi and bacteria exposing bathers to a risk of eye irritation and intestinal disorders.
But why is this so? Scientists placed some ducks in clean water and some in dirty bathwater for 11 weeks. The results? They found 75 million resistant bacteria cells per square centimeter on and inside the ducks. Any plastic body immersed in polluted liquid becomes a bacteria bomb.
Why? The inside of a plastic duck is difficult to clean and the pathogens thrive in the warm carbon-rich plastic. The researchers suggest the polymers used in bath toys should be regulated.
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