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article imageHow clean is your Halloween mask?

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By Tim Sandle
Oct 28, 2013 in Health
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Halloween is coming and in many countries it is a time to pick a costume and dress up. Before you head to a store, you might want to check out this video which looks at how laden with bacteria many Halloween masks are.
The video involves a CNN investigative team and a medical microbiologist. The team visit several U.S. stores and check out the microbial cleanliness of several Halloween masks, from the spooky to the comic. The results are as disturbing as any of the ghosts and ghouls that you'll likely to stumble into on October 31st.
Something to think about? According to AZ Family, U.S. citizens will spend nearly $7 million on Halloween costumes and masks.
Dr. Stan Kikkert, who heads up the Bio-Technology program at Mesa Community College and who tested the masks for CNN said: "In terms of gross, it's definitely kind of disgusting looking at this data. I was quite surprised at the number of bacteria and the diversity of the bacteria that you guys found on these different plates."
He adds: "One person after another after another wearing this probably adds to this and allows for the bacteria to actually cultivate so that might be part of the reason why we see such robust results."
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