Your paper money is dirty

Disease-causing bacteria are turning up everywhere. They're in hospitals, clinics, care facilities and more. And as I've told you before, some of these bugs are even lurking in your home.

Now, new research finds germs turning up someplace else, on something you can't avoid no matter how hard you try: your paper money.

DNA tests on 80 U.S. $1 bills finds more than 3,000 types of bacteria lingering on your paper money. Most of them are harmless, especially to a healthy person with a normal immune system.

But others are not.

The most common germ found is the one that causes acne.

That's bad... but this gets worse, because your money could also be harboring Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli, two common germs behind food poisoning outbreaks.

Get sick after lunch, and you might blame your meal. But as the new study shows, it could've been the money you used to pay for it (especially if you didn't wash your hands before eating).

And that's not all that's living in your wallet. The study also finds the bacteria responsible for skin and lung infections, diphtheria and ulcers, as well as a wide range of viruses, fungi and more.

They also found mouth germs, presumably from people who lick their fingers while counting money and even anthrax.

Yes, anthrax.

The researchers say they found it in very small amounts that are not believed to be dangerous. But still... anthrax?

I'd say switch to a credit card, but the credit card receipts are loaded with BPA, a hormone-like chemical that's been linked to everything from developmental problems in children to sexual dysfunction in adults.

So don't shy away from paper money. Just be sure to wash your hands after touching it -- especially if you're about to have lunch.