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Following a study published Friday (8th February) that discovered MRSA on 15% of a Nottinghamshire hospital’s curtains, an everyday spray costing just £2.99 could be answer to combating the deadly superbug.

The simple surface spray is on sale in chemists and supermarkets and in tests has been proven effective at killing more than 99.8% of all known germs that cause illness including MRSA, Ecoli, Noro Virus, Salmonella and Bird Flu H5N1.

With no fragrance, fumes, sulfates or residue, the liquid is suitable for spraying directly onto curtains and other soft and hard furnishings, even your own hair. The makers claim with the active used it is as gentle as water.

The NO-GERMS range also includes a hand sanitizer spray, air bacteria spray and soap with the same germ killing power and a Deodorant that is completely chemical free, 100% natural and yet effective for 24 hours.
Another key benefit of the Range is the fact that it is alcohol-free. Alcohol-based sanitising products are routinely used by hospitals and GP surgeries but their detrimental effect to the skin could actually be adding to the problem of infection control. Alcohol dries the skin and, with regular use, causes microscopic cracks and fissures in the skin which encourage germs to remain and breed.

The range is also free from sulfates, parabens, ptathalates which are linked to premature skin ageing, skin irritation, hormonal imbalance breast cancer and birth defects respectively.
Sean Campbell, managing director of the British company behind the product, said: "We are very excited about the potential for the range, especially the surface spray. We have been speaking to hospitals and GP surgeries for some time about its benefits and now this particular issue has come to light we are extending our trials in Nursing Homes and doctors surgeries to trialing the products in Hospitals.

“Eight per cent of all common illnesses are spread by hand to mouth, nose and eye contact, so killing viruses before they have chance to enter the body is key. Hospital curtains are being touched on a regular basis and, on average, people touch their faces every five minutes and that is how germs spread, so killing viruses before they have chance to enter the body is key.”

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Further information from:

Wendy Campling/Nicola Boniface
No-Germs Press Office
Tel. 020 8686 / 8441 / 3141

Notes to editors:

• NO GERMS regularly supplies the Police with products for use after crime scenes.

• As reported on Thursday 7 February 2008, the MRSA superbug was found on 15% of the curtains at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Of 200 curtains randomly selected, 31 tested positive. The hospital said it washes its curtains four times a year unless they are known to have come into contact with infection.

• Doctors at Nottingham University Hospital NHS trust, which runs the Queen’s Medical Centre, found that introducing silver thread to the material reduces the prevalence of the bug. The hospital’s expert, Dr Tim Boswell, said they were looking at technology to replace the curtains but they could be restricted by cost.

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