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This is funny, Netflix under the microscope…literally

Rent what you want, watch when you want, and exchange as often as you want.  Idea is catching on.  Netflix now boasts 11.1 million subscribers.  That’s a lot of people, who may or may not be washing their hands as often as you’d like. We, literally, put Netflix under the microscope.  We delivered six different sealed Netflix envelopes, with six different Netflix DVD’s inside to the pathology lab at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Tyler. For help with our experiment, we went to Dr. Richard Wallace who is board certified in infectious diseases. “My biggest concern for the DVD’s would be the community MRSA that people pick up,” he explained. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a potentially deadly bacteria that resists certain antibiotics. It starts with skin infections that can penetrate the body and spread to the bones, joints, and bloodstream. The infections cause about 20,000 deaths each year in the U.S.

You can tell this is one of those local news “shock” pieces, DEATH FROM WATCHING A MOVIE? STORY AT 11! So are they Netflix DVDs safe?

As for the disks themselves, Wallace said he found nothing that could potentially cause disease… “This doesn’t mean that they couldn’t pick up any bacteria here, or any bacteria that’s dangerous, we just didn’t see any,” he explained.