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April 11, 2006

Fighting germs with UV light?

Filed under: Biosecurity,Technology for HLS — by Christian Beckner on April 11, 2006

An interesting idea for combating airborne pathogens such as SARS and (potentially) pandemic flu, or bioterror attacks, via the AP:

What Huston wandered into was an emerging technology called UVGI, or “Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation,” something with gigantic potential to curb potential outbreaks.

Modern air-conditioning equipment is an extremely efficient way to spread bacteria and viruses. Huston’s technology puts beefed-up germ killing UV lamps next to air handlers to kill germs and mold as they fly by.

The gear is only now making its way out of the hospitals that pioneered its use and into office buildings, homes and even vehicles.

Both the departments of Defense and Homeland Security are beginning to sniff around UVGI, and a top bioterrorism researcher at the University of South Florida in Tampa has a key piece of the action.

For more information, see this list of UVGI-related links.

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