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'There's E. coli festering in the microwave' - Doctors have some surprises for four beer and chips-loving Athlone students

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Doctor in The House on TV3 - The Students - Padraig Mohan, Paddy Rooney, Conor Byrne and Brian Maguire

Doctor in The House on TV3 - The Students - Padraig Mohan, Paddy Rooney, Conor Byrne and Brian Maguire

The offending microwave on Doctor in the House episode 5

The offending microwave on Doctor in the House episode 5

Doctor in the House - the deep fat fryer

Doctor in the House - the deep fat fryer

Doctor in the House - the students and the doctors

Doctor in the House - the students and the doctors

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Doctor in The House on TV3 - The Students - Padraig Mohan, Paddy Rooney, Conor Byrne and Brian Maguire

In the fifth episode of TV's Doctor in the House tonight, the team has some frightening news for four students sharing a house in Athlone.

Conor, Padraig, Brian and Paddy are students at Athlone Institute of Technology, and have been supplementing their studies with a diet of beer and chips while dangerous E. coli festers in their microwave.

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Doctor in the House - the students' microwave

Doctor in the House - the students' microwave

Doctor in the House - the students' microwave

The lads, all in their 20s, are blissfully unaware of the dangers of their diet and lifestyle, and the consequences of coming into contact with E. coli.

The doctors, including Dr. Nina Byrnes, Dr. Sinead Beirne and Professor Niall Moyna, learn that Conor has a family history of heart problems and is concerned for his own cardiac health.

Brian is addicted to sugar and video games, Padraig is a man who seems to be a little too fond of his pints, and Paddy is the healthiest in this not so healthy student house.

Apart from their dodgy diet, Dr. Nina Byrnes encounters something a little more disturbing.  She finds E.coli growing in their much loved microwave and sends the swab to the lab.

“It grew a very heavy growth of bacteria called E. coli," she says.

"At the very severe end of E. coli, there’s a particular strain of E. coli that can cause kidney failure and death and that was growing in your microwave.

"They’re the kind of bacteria you would usually see growing in a toilet.”

Terrified by the revelation the lads are quick to sign up to an eight week exercise programme and lifestyle overhaul.  But can they ditch their beer-swilling and chip-ingesting ways?

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Doctor in the House episode 5 airs tonight, Monday 10th November at 9pm on TV3.


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