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Copper And Its Alloys Destroy Infectious, Costly Norovirus Pathogen

September 9, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The highly infectious norovirus bug is responsible for 267 million cases of acute gastroenteritis worldwide each year, costing millions of dollars in health care expenses. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for the virus, which is contracted from contaminated food or water, and from human and surface contact. But scientists in the U.K. have found that norovirus is rapidly destroyed on copper and its alloys, especially on alloys containing more than 60 percent copper. The researchers said using antimicrobial surfaces containing copper in clinical and community environments, such as cruise ships and care facilities, could help reduce the spread of the costly pathogen.
Sarah L. Warnes & C. William Keevil, "Inactivation of Norovirus on Dry Copper Alloy Surfaces", PLoS ONE, September 09, 2013, © Warnes, Keevil
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