Yet the reason it happened is all the more staggering.
Pagan was attacked for one simple reason: she chose to ignore the driver’s unsolicited catcall.‘I couldn’t walk for two weeks,’ she says.
They discovered a total of 121 bacteria and moulds on buses, Tube trains and taxis.· Metropolitan line – 11 bacteria found· Bakerloo line – 13 bacteria found· Hammersmith and City – 14 bacteria found· Central line – 16 bacteria found· Waterloo and City line – 16 bacteria found· District Line – 17 bacteria found· Northern Line – 18 bacteria found· Jubilee line – 18 bacteria found· Piccadilly line – 20 bacteria found· Circle line – 20 bacteria found· Victoria line – 22 bacteria found Most worryingly, the team from London Metropolitan University found nine of the 12 antibiotic-resistant superbugs listed as posing the greatest threat to human health by the World Health Organisation.
Study leader Dr Paul Matewele, an immunology expert, said this was ‘very scary’ because superbugs can easily transfer their antibiotic resistance to other bacteria, driving the spread of resistance.
Acinetobacter baumannii, which can lead to pneumonia, bloodstream infections and meningitis, was found on the Circle Line.