Disease and infection control

Controlling the Spread of Diseases

It has been well understood for many years that microscopic organisms are responsible for many diseases and infections.

In today’s fast moving and globally mobile world, antimicrobial solutions help reduce and control outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola and influenza, which could pose threats to our well-being if left untreated.

Microbial control technologies are the building blocks of a wide range of disinfectants and antimicrobial products. These include advanced antimicrobial coatings for germ-infested environments, such as hospitals and locker-rooms, as well as for softer cleaners used in soaps, home care detergents and dishwashing liquids.

Disinfectants

In addition to protecting us in our homes, microbial control products such as disinfectants are widely used in many public environments – from offices, schools and hospitals to restaurants, supermarkets and public transport.

Antimicrobials are used to protect against spreading germs almost anywhere especially where there can be a risk of cross contamination, transferring bacteria from one source to another.

The food processing industry equally relies heavily on microbial control products to help minimize waste and deliver food in edible condition.

Ebola and Norovirus

Recent outbreaks of Ebola and Norovirus have put the spotlight back on proper hygiene, sanitation methods and the need for disinfection.

The Ebola outbreak in 2014 caused global alarm, but health concerns are by no means limited to Ebola. Towards the end of the same year, a Crown Princess Cruise ship docked in California after 172 people on board fell ill with the highly contagious Norovirus1, which is estimated to cause up to 800 deaths a year in the United States alone2.

Recent Developments

Recent developments in microbial control technology include sanitizers that remain active for up to six hours, disinfectants that use advanced technologies to create compounds that have lower toxicity because of significantly lower concentrations of active ingredients, and disinfectants that last for up to 90 days on all surfaces providing long-lasting protection from disease and infection.

See also

1 Source: http://nypost.com/2014/11/17/cruise-ship-finally-docks-after-172-fell-ill-with-norovirus/
2 Source: http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/25/new-strain-of-norovirus-is-circulating-in-the-u-s/