Why ball pits may be a health hazard for kids

They harbour a host of pathogens, including some that cause sepsis, say researchers
Clare Pain

Playing in the ball pits found at paediatric physiotherapy centres may be a health hazard for children, with a study showing they harbour a host of pathogens.

Cultures grown from swabs of 9-15 balls from each of six physiotherapy clinics in Georgia, US, revealed numerous types of micro-organisms — including those that cause bacteraemia and sepsis.