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Water bottles breed more germs than a toilet seat!

New research has found that water bottles can harbour more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat!

In fact, slugging from the same refillable vessel was found to be 'many times worse than licking your dog's toy or from your dog's water bowl'. Erm, Yuk!

The average person's water bottle was found to have over 300,000 colony forming units of bacteria.

Perhaps most surprising, most of these germs were the most harmful types - known as gram negative rods, such as E.coli and salmonella.

There were a host of bacteria linked to skin infections, pneumonia as well as blood poisoning.

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