Currency notes are the hub of diseases


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) says, that currency notes can act as a source of a number of diseases that we suffer from. Normally, a lot of us have rather dirty habits that contribute to such situations like using currency without cleaning our hands, storing notes in unhygienic conditions, and using saliva to count notes. It has presently asked all the states in India to start programs against such currency related contamination. As far as the diseases that can happen from currency notes are concerned you would be surprised with the list.

E. coli

E. coli is known to be the main reason for diarrhea. These bacteria are also known to lead to problems such as urinary tract infection as well as kidney failure. However, this only happens in the most extreme cases.

Mycobacterium TB

This sort of bacteria normally spreads through sputum. It happens when a patient, who is suffering from TB (tuberculosis) sneezes on currency notes or touches them.

Shigella and Salmonella

These bacteria are causes of diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, and typhoid fever to name a few.


This is a kind of fungus that affects our lungs in a bad way and causes a disease called Aspergillosis.

Hepatitis A virus

This kind of virus normally spreads when you consume food that has infected feces. However, in the context of notes, it spreads when you use saliva to count notes.

Ascaris Egg

This is a parasite that can cause a number of worm-related infestations. This particular parasite is normally found in the feces of humans.

Influenza virus

This kind of virus normally spreads when you touch surfaces that have been contaminated by this particular virus and immediately after that you touch your eyes or your mouth.

Certain tips to be kept in mind

There are a few things that you need to keep in mind in this particular regard. Bacteria normally remain on notes for a really long time and they spread a lot faster as well. It is very important that you handle currency notes with clean hands as much as you can, if not always. If you can, also ask vendors to do the same. Before you eat food wash your hands in a very thorough manner. The best thing to do in this regard is to go digital.

A 2015 study

In fact, this had been proven in a 2015 study done by a group of scientists as well. They had procured notes of Rs. 10, Rs. 20, and Rs. 100 from a market in south Delhi as their study sample and studied those notes in order to reach their conclusion. The study was done by a body named the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB). It happens to be one of the leading institutes that are helmed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). In their research, the scientists found traces of at least 78 micro-organisms that were capable of causing diseases. These contaminants were spread across all the notes.

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