Sara Toole, a microbiologist at Nelson Labs and the study director, then screened for four dangerous organisms: staphylococcus aureus; pseudomonas aeruginosa; salmonella, which can cause diseases of the intestines; and E-coli, which can cause severe cramps, diarrhea and dehydration.
The briefcase and diaper bag had no signs of those organisms.Toole
wasn't surprised to find the first two bugs on the purse, given all of the places women take their purses. "Use common sense," she
said."Be aware of where you're putting your purse.If you can clean it, it's not a bad idea." Depending on the handbag's material, she
recommended washing it in a washing machine or using antibiotic wipes.