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news articlemrsa “super bug” not ozone resistantInternational Ozone AssociationOctober 30, 2007 Sanitizing towels, linens, and surfaces shared equipment. They also recommend with ozonated water has been shown to wiping down frequently contacted surfaces be extremely effective in the reduction of such as phones, stair banisters, desk tops, Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria key boards, faucets, tubs, sinks, floors, toilets and it’s more drug-resistant and harder to and shower stall surfaces before and after treat strain known as methicillin-resistant use. Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is spreading rapidly in the US population. Research and real world application studies conducted by members of the International The Centers for Disease Control and Pre- Ozone Association (IOA), their customers, vention (CDC) just reported in the Journal and testing agencies have shown ambient of the American Medical Association that in temperature wash of laundry and surfaces 2005, 94,000 people contracted serious, with ozonated water to be effective at or invasive, staph infections and 19,000 of reducing pathogenic organisms including them died; rates three times the previous Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria estimates. and MRSA by up to 99.999999%. Both staph and MRSA can cause more serious In a 2006 paper presented at the International skin infections, or they can lead to pneumonia Ozone Association Conference in Arlington Texas, or infections of the bloodstream, ear, urinary “Ozone in the Laundry Industry -- Practical tract, or the lining of the brain. MRSA had Experiences in the United Kingdom”, Cardis, nearly always been connected to health care et. al. reported on comparative testing con- but is now spreading into communities such ducted by Micro search Laboratories (UK) as schools, athletic facilities, health clubs and confirming that low temperature ozone wash hospitality industries at about 15% of MRSA is extremely effective at inactivating organ- cases in the United States per the CDC isms typically found on garments, towels and report. linens from health care facilities. The paper also included information that “The “superbug” CDC recommendations for preventing infec- MRSA that is prevalent in hospitals and nursing tions in the general public focus on good homes, is quickly eradicated during the ozone, hygiene including regular and rigorous hand cold water washing. This infectious microorgan- washing, showering, and not sharing towels, ism is not affected by standard techniques of razors and other potentially contaminated thermal washing with bleaching.” items or surfaces with others. CDC advises that you always practice good hygiene, for For more information about ozone laundry please contact ClearWater Tech at 805-549-9724 or visit example in health clubs, use a barrier such our web site at www.cwtozone.com. as clothing or a towel between your skin and ClearWater Tech, LLC Ozone Systems for Water & Air Purification 800-262-0203 • 805-549-9724 • 850-E Capitolio Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 firstname.lastname@example.org • www.cwtozone.com REV111408