Common Access Cards (CAC) and other Government Employee Badges can make you sick.

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    Lisa Marie Holmes

    Common Access Cards (CAC) and other Government Employee badges may make you sick.

    An analysis of workers badges revealed that the badge carried pathogenic bacteria, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. The Researchers collected samples from the surface, edge and connections of badges. They isolated 18 pathogens from badges. Of the microbes isolated overall, seven were the ‘superbug’ methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA); 29 were methicillin sensitive S. aureus (MSSA); four were enterococci and five were aerobic gram-negative bacilli.

    According to Llelwyn Grant of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Any surface could contribute to the passing of the virus, which typically will live up to six to eight hours after contact has been made.”

    Manufactures of these cards should take action and make the card out of antimicrobial plastic pellets that would be impregnated with the antimicrobial agent, the more you rub it, the antimicrobial agent would come to the surface and help inhibit the growth of dangerous pathogens. The government should require their card providers to ensure that the cards be made of antimicrobial material in order to protect their employees and those who would come in contact with their badge or identification card.

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