Beware of What's Lurking in Your Showerhead How to Eradicate It

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Taking a shower
might leave you feeling reinvigorated – but it could be bad for
your health.

Nearly a third
of shower heads harbour potentially dangerous bacteria to be sprayed
over their owners, a study has found.

say the slime that builds up inside a shower head is a breeding
ground for bugs linked to a host of diseases.

The slime protects
the germs from the chlorine in the water, which is meant to eliminate

In tests, 30
per cent of shower heads contained Mycobacterium avium, a bug linked
to lung disease.

Professor Norman
Pace, who led the study at the University of Colorado at Boulder,
said: ‘If you are getting a face full of water when you first turn
your shower on, that means you are probably getting a particularly
high load of Mycobacterium avium, which may not be too healthy.’

The researchers
sampled the slime lurking inside 45 shower heads from homes and
public buildings in nine cities across America.

They identified
high levels of M. avium, a relative of the germ that causes TB.

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18, 2009

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