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Office Space Bacterial Abundance and Diversity in Three Metropolitan Areas

  • Krissi M. Hewitt,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America

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  • Charles P. Gerba,

    Affiliation: Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States of America

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  • Sheri L. Maxwell,

    Affiliation: Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States of America

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  • Scott T. Kelley mail

    skelley@sciences.sdsu.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, United States of America

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  • Published: May 30, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037849

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Media Coverage of This Article

Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 01 Jun 2012 at 23:41 GMT

The following articles represent some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: WTOP.com
Title: “Study: Men spread majority of germs in the office - WTOP.com”
http://www.wtop.com/628/2...

Publication: Gizmodo UK
Title: “Scientific Proof That Men Have the Dirtiest Desks | Gizmodo UK”
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/...

Publication: Gent Daily
Title: “Study: Men's desks dirtier than women's | GantDaily.com”
http://gantdaily.com/2012...

Publication: Examiner.com
Title: “Commentary: Clorox funds study about office germs. Results are in - Buffalo Alternative Medicine | Examiner.com”
http://www.examiner.com/a...

Publication: London Evening Standard
Title: “The dirty truth: Men's offices and work spaces 'less hygienic' than women's - World - News - Evening Standard”
http://www.thisislondon.c...

Publication: CBS 6
Title: “Study: More germs in men's offices, phones | WTVR.com - Richmond News & Weather from WTVR Television CBS 6”
http://wtvr.com/2012/05/3...

Publication: Med Page Today
Title: “Medical News: Germs Abound on Office Phones, Chairs, Desks - in Public Health & Policy, Environmental Health from MedPage Today”
http://www.medpagetoday.c...

Publication: Press TV
Title: “PressTV - Men's offices much germier than women's”
http://www.presstv.com/de...

Publication: Global Saskatoon
Title: “Global Saskatoon | Offices rife with bacteria; More found in men's than women's, study says”
http://www.globalsaskatoo...

Publication: PayScale.com
Title: “Men vs. Women: Which Gender's Offices Harbor More Germs? - The Salary Reporter”
http://blogs.payscale.com...

Publication: UPI
Title: “Offices of men have higher bacteria levels - UPI.com”
http://www.upi.com/Health...

Publication: Boise Weekly
Title: “Dirtiest Place in the Office: Men's Desks | citydesk”
http://www.boiseweekly.co...

Publication: Top News United States
Title: “Men Unhygienic Behavior Causes Bacteria in Office | TopNews United States”
http://topnews.us/content...

Publication: Daily Disruption
Title: “Daily Disruption - Men Are Dirtier in the Office Than Women - Shocker! - Daily Disruption”
http://www.dailydisruptio...

Publication: Newser
Title: “Men Have More Bacteria in Their Offices: Study - Though it could just be because they're bigger”
http://www.newser.com/sto...

Publication: Counsel & Heal
Title: “Men's Offices Have More Bacteria than Women's - Counsel & Heal :: News :: Counsel & Heal”
http://www.counselheal.co...

Publication: Imassera News
Title: “Offices Are Loaded With Bacteria | Imassera News”
http://www.imassera.com/o...

Publication: ABC 57 News
Title: “Study: Men's workplace dirtier than women's | ABC57 | South Bend IN News, Weather and Sports | Top Videos”
http://www.abc57.com/vide...

Publication: International Business Times
Title: “Why Do Men's Offices House More Bacteria Than Women's? - International Business Times”
http://www.ibtimes.com/ar...

Publication: Discover Magazine
Title: “What Microbes Are Growing In Your Office? Science Wants to Know | 80beats | Discover Magazine”
http://blogs.discovermaga...

Publication: The Times of India
Title: “Men's offices prone to bacterial infection - Times Of India”
http://articles.timesofin...

Publication: USA Today
Title: “Healthy Perspective: The latest health & wellness news with a dose of conversation - USATODAY.com”
http://yourlife.usatoday....

Publication: CBS News HealthPop
Title: “Offices may be contaminated with more than 500 types of bacteria, men's offices dirtier - HealthPop - CBS News”
http://www.cbsnews.com/83...

Publication: Ottawa Citizen
Title: “Offices rife with bacteria: study”
http://www.ottawacitizen....

Publication: National Geographic
Title: “Men's Offices Have More Bacteria, Study Finds”
http://news.nationalgeogr...

Publication: New York Times
Title: “Men's Offices Have More Bacteria, Study Finds - NYTimes.com”
http://www.nytimes.com/20...

Publication: TIME
Title: “Men vs. Women: Whose Offices Have More Bacteria? | Healthland | TIME.com”
http://healthland.time.co...

Publication: Belfast Telegraph
Title: “The dirty truth about men's offices - UK, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk”
http://www.belfasttelegra...

Publication: Irish Independent
Title: “The dirty truth about men's offices - Health News, Health - Independent.ie”
http://www.independent.ie...

Publication: Eureka Alert
Title: “Office bacteria all around us, especially in men's offices”
http://www.eurekalert.org...

Publication: The Age
Title: “Males are biggest bugbearers”
http://www.theage.com.au/...

Publication: Daily Mail
Title: “Why men are the grimier sex | Mail Online”
http://www.dailymail.co.u...

Publication: The Huffington Post
Title: “Men's Offices Germier Than Women's, Study Finds”
http://www.huffingtonpost...

Publication: ABC News
Title: “Men's Offices Germier Than Women's, Says Study - ABC News”
http://abcnews.go.com/blo...

Publication: CBC News
Title: “Men's offices show more bacteria than women's - Health - CBC News”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/he...

Publication: UKPA
Title: “The Press Association: The dirty truth about men's offices”
http://www.google.com/hos...

Publication: California Watch
Title: “In offices, men have more cooties than women, study says | California Watch”
http://californiawatch.or...

Publication: French Tribune
Title: “Males Spread More Bacteria In Offices | French Tribune”
http://frenchtribune.com/...

Publication: My Health News Daily
Title: “Study Identifies Bacteria in Offices | MyHealthNewsDaily.com”
http://www.myhealthnewsda...

Publication: Scientific American Blogs
Title: “Men's Offices Harbor More Bacteria Than Women's | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network”
http://blogs.scientificam...

Publication: Live Science
Title: “Men Have Dirtiest Offices | Environmental Bacteria | Buggy Workplaces | LiveScience”
http://www.livescience.co...

Publication: Web MD
Title: “Men vs. Women: Whose Offices Are Germier?”
http://men.webmd.com/news...

Publication: Gizmodo
Title: “Scientific Proof That Men Have the Dirtiest Desks”
http://gizmodo.com/591451...

Publication: The Independent
Title: “Women lead way on office hygiene - Science - News - The Independent”
http://www.independent.co...

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Competing interests declared: PLoS ONE Staff

RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 08 Jun 2012 at 22:08 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Calgary Herald
Title: “Eating at your desk? Study shows offices rife with bacteria”
http://www.calgaryherald....

Publication: Canberra Times
Title: “Males are biggest bugbearers”
http://www.canberratimes....

Publication: International Business Times UK
Title: “Men's Office have More Bacteria than Women's: Study”
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/...

Publication: Jezebel
Title: “Science Makes It Official: Boys Are Filthy, Covered With Cooties”
http://jezebel.com/591497...

Publication: Job Mouse
Title: “Study -- New York Men's Offices Harbor the Most Bacteria -- Job Mouse”
http://thejobmouse.com/20...

Publication: My San Antonio
Title: “Office bacteria all around us, especially in men's offices - San Antonio Express-News”
http://www.mysanantonio.c...

Publication: RTT News
Title: “New York Men Have Dirtiest Offices: Report”
http://www.rttnews.com/18...

Publication: The Bay Citizen
Title: “In offices, men have more cooties than women, study says - The Bay Citizen”
http://www.baycitizen.org...

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RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 15 Jun 2012 at 23:28 GMT

Publication: TopNews United States
Title: “Bacteria Are Breeding In Offices | TopNews United States”
http://topnews.us/content...

Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald
Title: “While we work bacteria lurk in the modern office”
http://www.smh.com.au/lif...

Publication: The Salt Lake Tribune
Title: “Office devices are awash in bacteria — especially equipment used by men | The Salt Lake Tribune”
http://www.sltrib.com/slt...

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RE: RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 17 Aug 2012 at 23:00 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Anthrophysis
Title: “Unseen Coworkers: Office Space Bacteria”
http://www.science20.com/...

Publication: Microbe.net
Title: “The hidden diversity of offices - what microbes are lurking there? #PLoSOne | microBEnet: The microbiology of the Built Environment network.”
http://www.microbe.net/20...

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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

Krissi replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 19 Sep 2012 at 16:50 GMT

Publication: Prevention Magazine

Title: "Do You Know What’s Crawling On Your Desk?
The safe way to dine at the office"

http://origin-www.prevent...

Competing interests declared: I am the first author