More than 100 species of potentially hazardous bacteria have been found on HK$20 banknotes. Other notes are likely to be similarly affected, except for polymer banknotes such as the HK$10 bill, which are less susceptible. Picture: SCMP

Hong Kong banknotes breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant superbugs, study finds

HK$20 bills have 48 times more antibiotic-resistant bacteria capable of being easily spread than samples collected elsewhere

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More than 100 species of potentially hazardous bacteria have been found on HK$20 banknotes. Other notes are likely to be similarly affected, except for polymer banknotes such as the HK$10 bill, which are less susceptible. Picture: SCMP
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