Mobile phones carry bugs and bacteria that could be potentially life threatening
London, March 12th 2009 – Your mobile phone is at risk from viruses – and these little critters could do more damage to you than sending random text messages or deleting your contacts. Research has shown that mobile phones can be major carriers of bacteria, including MRSA. Luckily help is at hand from a magic wand that kills bacteria on mobile phones with a sweep of light: the Purelight MD.
In a new report, University specialists have demonstrated that 95 percent of mobile handsets of 200 doctors and nurses working in operating theatres and intensive care units were contaminated with at least one type of bacteria. The bacteria could cause problems ranging from a skin irritation to potentially fatal infections like MRSA.
Purelight UK ltd, a supplier of scientifically proven, UV-C microbial sterilization systems, has created the portable Purelight MD ‘flip’ to kill bacteria that sticks to the surface of mobile phones.
“Based on these findings, holding your phone to your mouth is as dangerous as placing your face on a toilet bowl, and yet we do it all day long without a second thought,” said Andy Felton, Director, PureLightUK Ltd. “We use mobiles every day. We forget it is a potential carrier of infection and this has lead to it being bypassed by most cleaning protocols. This has huge implications for the spread of disease amongst all of us.”
The Purelight MD’s affordable, compact ‘flip’ design makes it the perfect solution for removing 99.7% of invisible bacteria from the mobile phone simply by using the power of UV-C light. This unique light breaks down the microbial DNA, killing the germs and viruses responsible for causing disease without any chemical residue, a key consideration due to the regular proximity of the handset to the face.
Purelight’s MD flip is available now for £35 plus VAT from www.purelightUKltd.com
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About the research
Research conducted by Ondokuz Mayis University, Turkey and reported in the current edition of the Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials.
Research shows 95 percent of mobile handsets and dominant hands of 200 doctors and nurses working in operating theatres and intensive care units were contaminated with at least one type of bacteria.
One in eight handsets was shown to be carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Only 10 percent of staff questioned admitted to regularly cleaning their mobile phones.
Of an estimated 300,000 UK residents a year who contract superbugs such as MRSA & C.difficile while being treated in hospital at least 5,000 die.
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is shorthand for any strain of common Staphylococcus bacteria naturally carried it the throat by people, which can cause a mild infection in a healthy person. Antibiotics are not completely powerless against MRSA, but patients who become infected may require a much higher dose over a much longer period, the young, old and infirm can be at particular risk.
There are 17 strains of MRSA, with differing degrees of immunity to the effects of various conventional antibiotics, clones 15 and 16, are regarded as more transmissible than the others, and account for 96% of MRSA bloodstream infections in the UK. Though rare in other countries, these strains are spreading.
Community-acquired MRSA produces a necrotising pneumonia, Panton-Valentine Leukocidin, or PVL that can rapidly attack the lungs, killing within hours. PVL also destroys white blood cells and thus the body's immune system, putting the young and healthy equally at risk. Community-acquired MRSA infects more than 150 a year in the UK with recorded cases rising at a rate of 30 per cent a year. Symptoms range from the superficial but painful, such as boils, to fatal blood poisoning where half who contract PVL die within the first 24 hours.
PurelightUK is a supplier of scientifically and market proven, safe, portable, enhanced UV-C microbial sterilization systems for our modern care environments and a critical addition to existing sanitation protocols. It offers the most comprehensive range of UV-C sterilizing systems in the marketplace, from compact hand portable systems to ‘whole room’ purification and sterilization solutions. There are unlimited potential uses for Purelight in hospitals, clinics, hotels, restaurants and homes. Purelight UV-C Light products use 100% chemical-free UV-C sterilization to sanitize objects and surfaces. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation protects against bacteria & viruses including noroviruses, SARS, clostridium.difficile, anthrax, avian bird flu, and Foot and Mouth disease - guaranteeing a 99.9% kill rate of bacteria & viruses, plus it will eradicate dust mites & bed bug eggs. Purelight UK Ltd is a member of the National Special Interest Group for Infection Control.
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