Gents', ladies' loos equally contaminated

“On toilet surfaces, gut-associated taxa were more prevalent, suggesting faecal contamination of these surfaces,” the US authors said.

“Vagina-associated Lactobacillaceae were widely distributed in female restrooms, likely from urine contamination.”

“[But] overall community level comparisons between… surfaces in male and female restrooms were not statistically significant”.

PLOS One 2011; online 23 Nov