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Silver antimicrobial combats swine flu virus


A university-supported study has demonstrated that silver antimicrobial additive technology can be effective against the HIN1 “swine” influenza virus.
Testing by Wolverhampton firm BioCote has been independently supported by virologists at the University of Warwick. Research showed that treating a polymer laminate material with BioCote antimicrobial can effectively wipe out the virus.
Dr Richard Hastings, a microbiologist with BioCote, commented: “These results are a breakthrough in the continued fight against the spread of flu viruses. We have shown that BioCote-containing materials can reduce virus numbers by over 99.9%.”
Last year, researchers from the London School of Economics, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Edinburgh University estimated that an H1N1 pandemic could cost the UK economy Ј53-72 billion. Applying BioCote widely may be an additional infection control strategy to inhibit the seasonal spread of viruses responsible for influenza illness, said the company, which quotes Health Protection Agency figures showing around 600 flu deaths in the UK during the 2010/11 season.
Further exploration into the effectiveness of BioCote against other important viruses is now “a top priority.”

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