Of the more than 600 cubicles in nine different professions examined by researchers from the University of Arizona, the bacteria levels found in accountants' offices finished second only to the levels found in schoolteachers' classrooms.

Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, said that the phones, desks and keyboards regularly used by teachers, accountants and bankers harbored nearly two to 20 times more bacteria per square inch than other professions. Phones ranked as the No. 1 home for office germs, followed by desks, keyboards and computer mice.

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