Your tube lines are riddled with deadly bacteria - including NINE life-threatening superbugs, a new study has claimed.
Taxi insurers Staveley Head and London Metropolitan University have launched an investigation into the cleanliness of the capital's public transport network after they claimed to have found seats on seven London Underground lines were NEVER shampooed.
And now they claim to have found 121 different bacteria and moulds - nine of them known among the world's most dangerous superbugs.
The Victoria Line - which runs through Oxford Circus, Green Park and Victoria - was said to be the dirtiest line with 22 types of living bacteria, including three considered life-threatening.
The study found:
- Metropolitan Line – 11 bacteria found
- Bakerloo Line – 13 bacteria found
- Hammersmith and City – 14 bacteria found
- Central Line – 16 bacteria found
- Waterloo and City Line – 16 bacteria found
- District Line – 17 bacteria found
- Northern Line – 18 bacteria found
- Jubilee Line – 18 bacteria found
- Piccadilly Line – 20 bacteria found
- Circle Line – 20 bacteria found
- Victoria Line – 22 bacteria found
Of these, it was claimed six life-threatening superbugs were found. They were also found in taxi cabs and on London buses.
The Metro reecntly claimed although each tube carriage gets a basic clean every night, seats on the District, Jubilee, Northern, Circle, Piccadilly, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City Lines are NEVER shampooed.
The experiment took a total of 80 swabs across the capital. Hand rails, seats and walls were tested before swabs were taken back for examination.
Nine drug-resistant bacteria among the world's most threatening were found in London's public transport system, going by a list drawn up by World Health Organization.
One life-threatening superbug, Klebsiella Pneumoniae, was found on the Victoria Line.
'No cause for worry'
Dr Matewele, who took part in the study, said: "The Klebsiella Pneumoniae infection is a superbug that antibiotics cannot fight and can be extremely harmful.
"The bacteria doesn’t usually affect healthy people. It’s mainly a problem if transmitted between sick patients in hospitals and between people with weakened immune systems.
"The infection can cause urinary tract infections, pneumonia, septicaemia, meningitis and diarrhoea. Therefore, proper hygiene is a must."
Jill Collis, Transport for London's director of health, safety and environment, said: "The Tube is an extremely safe environment and our trains and stations are professionally cleaned throughout the day and night.
"There is no cause for customers to worry about bacteria on the Tube or do anything different in terms of hygiene than they would in other public places."
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