An Ecosystem Of Bacteria Found In New York City Subway Stops

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Let’s face it: New York City does not have the cleanest subway stations on the planet but yet millions of people ride the MTA everyday. Did you know there are 15,152 types of bacteria living in these subway stations?

Cornell University researcher Christopher Mason spent 18 months collecting DNA samples from the turnstiles, garbage cans, railings and benches. According to his research, he found something disturbing. The city subways has an astonishing 15,000 types of bacteria living here. Do you want to know how much bacteria is in New York’s busiest subway stops? Check out the list below:

Times Square, 42 Street: Perhaps the busiest train stop in New York City, Times Square has 114 different types of unique bacteria, including those associated with staph infections, meningitis, Italian cheese, sepsis, and radiation resistance. Crazy right?

Barclay Center, Atlantic Avenue– The most recent addition to the MTA Service line, you would think that this would be the cleanest station in the city right? Wrong! It has 96 different types of unique bacteria, including those associated with respiratory ailments, antibiotic resistance, heart-valve infections, and oil clean-up.

Yankee Stadium, 161 Street- The Yankees don’t play until later on this year but this stop is a breeding ground for germs. It has 67 different types of bacteria, including food poisoning, diarrhea, radiation resistance, and oil cleanup.

Grand Central, 42 Street- On the other side of Times Square, it’s even worse. Grand Central has 128 different types of unique bacteria, including those associated with Mozzarella cheese, staph infections, urinary tract infections, and sepsis.

Union Square, 14th Street– Union Square might be the closest station to be clean but that’s not the case. 50 different types of unique bacteria, including those associated with food poisoning, urinary tract infections, and toxic clean-up.

Next time you go on a train, please wear a hazmat suit.

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