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Bacteria in Halloween Masks
Halloween masks are meant to be scary, but it's what's living inside the mask that might make you scream.
Station KTVK asked a biology professor to take a closer look at how clean the masks for sale really are.
The lab tested swabs taken from the masks' nose and mouth areas. The results, are frightening.
Dr. Stan Kikkert, Mesa Community College, "I was quite surprised at the number of bacteria and the diversity of the bacteria that you guys found on these different plates. One person after another after another wearing this probably adds to this and allows for the bacteria to actually cultivate so that might be part of the reason why we see such robust results."
Doctor Kikkert says the main danger from the masks would be exposure to bacteria that could lead to skin conditions like staph infections.
He suggests soaking masks in rubbing alcohol as a sure-fire way to kill germs.