The Huffington Post is reporting on an article from The Wall Street Journal that the New York City Subway is really dirty. Mozzarella, Bubonic plague, Kimchi and Staph were just a few of the things scientists discovered in the underbelly of New York City. But is this really a surprise? With as many people there are in New York City and the amount of world traffic it gets, it stands to reason some of these things would be found. Once you get past the dramatic headline you’ll find that the same scientists basically tell everyone to relax and rest easy because while there are traces of some diseases down in the subway and indeed it is dirty, it’s not enough to threaten the health of humans.
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 6, 2015
“Despite finding traces of pathogenic microbes, their presence isn’t substantial enough to pose a threat to human health,” Dr. Christopher Mason, assistant professor of computational genomics at Weill Cornell Medical College, said in a written statement. “The presence of these microbes and the lack of reported medical cases is truly a testament to our body’s immune system, and our innate ability to continuously adapt to our environment.”
You would think the finding of Bubonic plague would pique the most interest, but I find it more interesting that they found Mozzarella. With as many pizza joints as there are in New York City it probably makes sense that there’s a concentration of Mozzarella in the subway system. You can check out the entire study by hitting the either the Huffington Post or Wall Street Journal links below. What do you think of the study? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.