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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Who knew a health story about grocery cart germs would go viral!

Our friends at Mediabistro.com helped spread the word about the dangers of bacteria at your local grocery store.

New research shows that nearly three out of four shopping cart handles are rife with fecal bacteria, including some that can cause severe illness.

Professor Charles Gerba, the lead researcher in the University of Arizona study, took samples from the handles of 85 carts across four states for bacterial contamination.

Gerba says 72 percent of the carts tested positive for fecal bacteria, with up to half the samples containing Escherichia coli, otherwise known as E. coli.

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