The dangers that lurk in your bathroom 可愛的橡皮鴨可能危害健康

Unhealthy rubber ducks!

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在勞累的一天後能夠在浴室里泡澡是一件非常愜意的事。但來自英國倫敦瑪麗女王大學(Queen Mary University)研究病毒學的約翰·奧克斯福特(John Oxford)名譽教授說:“從衛生角度來看,浴室是一個難對付的地方。”一項由奧克斯福特教授監督指導的研究發現,在泡澡時常用來玩的橡皮鴨帶有可致病細菌,這類玩具會給兒童和成人的健康帶來危害。

The bath time routinebubble bath, no-tear shampoo, plastic duck. Well, we can now add to that dense growths of bacteria and fungi. The Swiss researchers spent 11 weeks testing a range of bath toys and could give none a clean bill of health.

They say the problems are caused when warm water and the bodily fluids it contains remain trapped inside the toys. It’s a perfect breeding ground for potentially pathogenic bacteria.

The team say there is a risk of eye, ear or stomach infections and advise that rubber ducks or any other plastic toys be cleaned regularly or thrown away. 

孩子們沐浴時間的程序包括:泡泡浴、無淚配方的洗發露和塑料玩具鴨。那麼,現在我們可得再加上密集生長的細菌和真菌。來自瑞士的研究人員花了11周的時間,測試了一系列沐浴玩具,但卻無法證明其中的任何一種玩具是健康而衛生的。

他們說,導致此類問題的原因是浴缸中的溫水及其所含的體液被困在了這些玩具里。這就為滋生潛在可致病的細菌提供了完美的繁殖地。

該研究團隊表示,這會帶來患眼部、耳部以及胃部感染的風險,並建議人們定期清洗橡皮鴨和其它塑料玩具,或者把它們扔掉。

1. 詞彙表

bath time 沐浴時間
routine 程序
bubble bath 泡泡浴
bacteria 細菌
fungi 真菌
bath toys 沐浴戲水玩具
a clean bill of health 合格證明
bodily fluids 體液
trapped inside 被藏匿在…的裡面
breeding ground(生物滋生地)溫床、繁殖地
pathogenic 可致病的
infections  感染

2. 閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題 。

1. What is the perfect breeding ground for potentially pathogenic bacteria?

2. What types of illnesses are we exposed to by using unclean bath toys?

3. True or false? The researchers tested a range of bath toys and all of them were potential health hazards.

4. What do researchers advise us to do with these toys?

3. 答案

1. What is the perfect breeding ground for potentially pathogenic bacteria?
The perfect breeding ground for potentially pathogenic bacteria is warm water and the bodily fluids it contains, which is trapped inside the toys.

2. What types of illnesses are we exposed to by using unclean bath toys?
There is a risk of eye, ear or stomach infections.

3. True or false? The researchers tested a range of bath toys and all of them were potential health hazards.
True. The researchers could give none a clean bill of health.

4. What do researchers advise us to do with these toys?
The researchers advise us to regularly clean or throw away rubber ducks or any other plastic toys. 

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