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Stethoscope may help spread germs

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A new study shows one of a doctor's most trusted tools could actually be doing more harm than good.

The Mayo Clinic said that stethoscopes can be loaded with bacteria, including dangerous antibiotic-resistant strains like MRSA.

The stethoscope can pass bacteria from patient to patient.

The report also said that doctors should thoroughly clean their stethoscope after each use.

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