Reusable grocery bag may carry harmful bacteria

Barbara Redcay loads a reusable grocery bag into her vehicle after shopping at a store in Clarence, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

May 10, 2012 9:37:42 AM PDT
Your reusable grocery bag may be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.

A new study tracked a 2010 outbreak of norovirus among young soccer players in Oregon. Seven out of 17 players who attended an out-of-state tournament became ill. The virus was traced to a reusable grocery tote bag.

Researchers say this is the first-ever reported case of transmitting norovirus with an inanimate object.

The study is published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.