What's Next? Another Life Threatening Multi-Drug Resistant Organism Spreads Globally! 11/18/16

In the past number of years, it seems that we have become complacent to expecting the new global threat to arise. Just recently we all coped with how to deal with the effects of the Zika virus. Now, a new multi-drug resistant infection that can cause life- threatening illness in people with cystic fibrosis has spread globally. Mycobacterium abscessus is a species of mycobacteria and can cause severe pneumonia leading to accelerate inflammatory damage to the lungs. It’s extremely difficult to treat with fewer than one in three cases being treated successfully.

Researchers are not sure what delivery mechanism is being utilized by the pathogen to spread globally, but a study lead by the University of Cambridge and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute suggest that conventional cleaning will not be sufficient to eliminate the pathogen. M. abscessus can transmit through patient to patient contact, contact with contaminated surfaces, and through the air.

Doctors that are responsible for treating this infection are worried because M. abscessus can cause very serious infections that are extremely challenging to treat, requiring a combination of treatments with multiple antibiotics for 18 months or longer.  Professor Andres Floto says “The bug initially seems to have entered the patient population from the environment, but we think it has recently evolved to become capable of jumping from patient to patient, getting more virulent as it does so.” To learn more about this study read more here.

Update on 222nm Exposure and ACGIH Eye Exposure Safety

Finally! We get some real world explanation of TLVs (Threshold Limit Values) and effects on eye radiation using 222 nm technology. A recently published article by the Council for Optical Radiation Measurements titled "Expected ACGIH Eye Exposure When Using 222 nm Ceiling Mounted Sources" gives some vital updates all 222nm users and future users should be aware of.

Far UV-C is the answer to our Pandemic fears

Could Far UV-C (222) help the fight against not only Covid-19 and its many variants, but Monkeypox as well? The answer is yes, yes it can. This article from Biospace.com explains Far UV-C and how it inactivates pathogens. Being that Monkeypox...

222 is the Future of Disinfection at UVC

    For decades, UV-C wavelengths of light have been used to disinfect everything from water to walls. In more recent years 254 nm wavelengths of UV-C light have been the standard in the fight against pathogens. However, there is a...
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