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Chuck E. Cheese no fun for cold and flu season

By April MacIntyre Dec 3, 2008, 21:53 GMT

Chuck E. Cheese no fun for cold and flu season

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In an expose on the germ warfare that mothers and fathers are facing this cold and flu season, social news website went undercover to see what was lurking in seemingly innocuous settings such as kid party Mecca, Chuck E. Cheese.

The gruesome results will have you crying "Danger Mouse."

Momlogic enlisted “Dr. Germ,” Dr. Charles Gerba, their resident expert to swab an test several key Los Angeles-area locations of the popular kid party an pizza chain.

Chuck E. Cheese needs to clean up their act, according to

Dr. Gerba’s tests covered three separate locations, as the games, play mats, trays, tables, and high chairs were swabbed for lab testing results.

And the results from Momlogic:

The Yellow Bus Ride at the Pasadena location we found Serratia Rubidaea, a rare cause of respiratory tract infections, wound and blood infections.

A table and child’s high chair at the Sun Valley location, we found enterobacter sakazakii, which can cause necrotizing enterocolitis, bacteremia, and infant meningitis. Although most documented cases involve infants, infections can occur in adults as well.

Found was klebsiella pneumoniae on children’s play mats at the Sun Valley and Burbank locations. Klebiella pneumoniae can cause urinary tract infections, wound and bloodstream infections and pneumonia.

Company spokesperson Brenda Holloway told "We clean and sanitize our games every night with an antibacterial sanitizing solution called Sterbac Blue. We try to inspect and maintain during the day as well. We have a large amount of kids who come through here, and with them, a large amount of bacteria. We try to keep up with it." 

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