NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - ATMs are a part of our daily life, but do you ever stop to think about what is on the machines? A new study finds that they're covered in a lot more than fingerprints.
In the study of 66 ATMs across the city, researchers discovered machines covered in microbes from skin and traces of food and mold.
But Dr. Robert Glatter of Lenox Hill Hospital says most people don't need to worry. He says if you are pretty healthy and eat well and have a normal immune system, you will usually fend off the bacteria. But people who have compromised immune system should be careful and frequently wash hands.
Next up the researchers plan to document the microbes on the city's animals, including cats, dogs and yes, pigeons.