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Researchers at Auburn say flying might be hazardous to your immune system

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If you're flying this holiday weekend, you may want to pack some wipes when you hear what researchers at Auburn University found.      

After testing the arm rests, tray tables and window shades, they found bacteria can linger for days on those surfaces. MRSA germs on the pocket behind the seat hung on for a week, and e-coli lived for 96 hours on an arm rest.      

These were not planes in use. And all the bugs were planted, and tested later to see how long they could live.      

Airline officials say planes are disinfected every night and before every departure.

But, the study says new passengers cough and sneeze new bugs onto those surfaces. So, the best you can do, is wash your hands often.

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