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Following the detection of dust mites on an earlier occasion, the Medical Research Institute (MRI) said yesterday it had detected more dust mites in another eight mobile phones.

The dust mites were detected when a person informed the MRI about seeing some kind of activity in the dust around a mobile phone after his wife who used the mobile phone complained of an earache.

MRI Director Anil Samaranayake had the mobile phone examined with some special equipment and confirmed the presence of dust mites on the phone.
Dr. Samaranayake said the woman’s infected ear would have to be examined to check whether the ear ache was in any way connected to the dust mites.
The dust mite which belongs to the species Dermatophagoides Pteroyssimus causes skin irritations.

He said the MRI had received reports of such cases from several parts of the country.

Health authorities say there is no cause for alarm but it that it is safer to clean these phones regularly with the use of domestic disinfectant.
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  • Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 10 July 2012 06:57 AM

    The Might of the Mites!

    menna aththa Tuesday, 10 July 2012 12:16 PM

    oops looks like the night shifters have a poblem lol

    sean Wednesday, 11 July 2012 05:34 AM

    phone virus ?

    Abbath Tuesday, 10 July 2012 08:09 AM

    Mobile phones definitely contains all sorts interesting inhabitants from various micro-organismic backgrounds. What lovely devices!

    kapa ta Pissu Tuesday, 10 July 2012 08:48 AM

    Have a good shower, use cotton buds , wipe your phone regulary with some sort of germ killing napkin. It seems that the phones got the mites from human ears. hehehe

    Minister Tuesday, 10 July 2012 09:15 AM

    I wonder whether there will be a health tax against mites attacks on mobile phones at the next budget !

    Upul Meegama Tuesday, 17 July 2012 11:19 AM

    The photo is not that of dust mites. they are elongated dagger shape creatures. They inhabit normal skin without causing any troubles in many individuals.

    Bagalawathie Tuesday, 10 July 2012 10:52 AM

    What about public phones ?.


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