(CNN) — More than half of Europeans think money is the filthiest item they touch, according to a study by Mastercard.
Most of the people surveyed also said they believed money carried a lot of bacteria. And they're right. A team of scientists at Oxford University found an average banknote contains 26-thousand bacteria.
That is enough germs to make you feel nauseous and possibly even spread disease. Even the newest, and therefore cleanest, notes tested contained 24-hundred bacteria.
Germs are spread when the cash is transferred from hand to hand. Experts say to prevent infection keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands often.