TV remotes could cross-contaminate hotel rooms

June 19, 2012 9:45:50 AM PDT
The next time you stay in a hotel, you might want to wipe down the TV remote.

A new study of surfaces in hotel rooms shows remotes are among items on housekeeping carts that carry the potential to cross contaminate rooms.

Researchers tested several hotel rooms for different types of bacteria.

Contact with contaminated surfaces is a possible mode of transmission of illness during outbreaks in hotels.

Bedside lamp switches are also likely to be contaminated.

The study was conducted through the University of Houston.