Microbiologist Paul Matewele, from the London Metropolitan University, said: “I was really surprised at the high level of bacteria found on the bags and that some of them are extremely virulent pathogens.
All of the bags tested positive for a large number of bacteria under strict laboratory tests. There is a threat to young babies, the elderly, and immune-compromised hospital patients from these bags. It is certainly worth hospitals considering not allowing bags to be taken onto wards by visitors. There is little point making visitors use anti-bacterial hand washes when they come onto the ward if they are allowed to carry in a bag that is infested with bacteria.”