Diseases getting spread by Currency notes? CAIT letter to Arun
In a written letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) urged him to conduct an investigation to assess the possibilities of diseases getting spread by currency notes. The federation members stressed on the fact that currency notes are strong carriers of diseases and thus steps should be taken to protect people from the contamination of these notes.
"Currency notes carry all kinds of micro-organisms and thus can cause several diseases. Influenza being at the top. Any kind of droplet or airborne disease can easily get passed through the currency and thus it is highly recommended to wash hands after handling money," said Dr Nandini Duggal, Senior Microbiologist, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
CAIT also mentioned studies conducted on the matter by the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which found traces of DNA footprints of at least 78 disease-causing micro-organisms on these notes, though not all of them on a single one. Most of them were fungi, but there were also bacteria that can cause dysentery, tuberculosis and ulcers. The study implies that currency notes often act as carriers of micro-organisms and can spread microbial diseases.