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When Dishwashers Kill – Scientists Find New Way For One In Four Of Us To Die

by | 22nd, June 2011

SCARE Story of the Day is provided by Harry Wallop, who pounds the consumer affairs beat for the Daily Telegraph :

The inside of the appliances, which four in ten homes in Britain own, are the perfect breeding ground for fungi associated with potentially deadly illnesses.

An ice-cream maker? No. The fearsome dishwaser:

The moist and hot environment, combined with the alkaline water caused by the dishwasher tablets, means that the machines appear to have created a previously unknown and possibly serious threat to human health…

A new way to die! Oh, happy day. The discovered of this new way to die is made by Dr Polona Zalar of the University of Ljubljana. You can read her  findings in the journal of Fungal Biology and here , where she talks about black yeast in glaciers. This new research is given the headline:

“Dishwashers – A man-made ecological niche accommodating human opportunistic fungal pathogens”

Elsevier, which publishes and sells the organ, prefers the headline:

“My dishwasher is trying to kill me”

Wallop tells us:

The scientists studied 189 dishwashers in 101 different homes around the world. They found 62 per cent of dishwashers contained fungi on the rubber band in the door. More than half of these included the black yeasts Exophiala dermatitidis and E. phaeomuriformis which are known to be dangerous to human health.

His words are eerily similar to the press release one he

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