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Men's beards have more germs than dog's fur: study

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WSIL -- If you don't let your dog sleep in your bed because you're afraid of germs, you may also want to rethink men with beards. A new study suggests a bearded man has more germs in his facial hair than is found in a dog's fur.

The disturbing news follows a study that found every sampled beard was crawling with bacteria, and nearly half had bugs that were hazardous to human health. Professors with Switzerland's Hirslanden Clinic tested the whiskers of 18 men and compared them with samples from the necks of 30 dogs. The researchers found ALL the men in the study showed high microbial counts, compared to only 23 of 30 dogs, the Daily Mail reports.

Seven of the men tested positive for microbes that posed a threat to human health.

Professor Andreas Gutzeit of the Hirslanden Clinic told the Daily Mail, "On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men."

The study was conducted by scientists wanting to learn whether there is a risk that humans might pick up a dog-borne disease from an MRI scanner that was also used by veterinarians.

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