Scientists find germs on New York subways that could cause Bubonic Plague

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NEW YORK - What researchers found in the subway systems of the Big Apple is enough to make anyone sick. The Weill Cornell Medical College found traces of germs that could cause Bubonic Plague.

"New York City is not clean, so I would imagine that the subways are an example of what's happening pretty much throughout the city," one passenger said.

Meningitis and stomach bacteria were also found hitching rides. For nearly two years, benches, handrails, subway seats and turn styles were swabbed at 466 stations. Hungry riders left behind DNA from mozzarella cheese and chickpeas.

The germs will hardly keep passengers from riding the rails. Said one rider, "I have no choice. I have to use the subway. What am I going to do?"

New York's Department of Health disputes the results saying, "The bacteria that causes these diseases do not occur naturally in this part of North America."

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