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Innovative Fosshield(R) Antimicrobial Technology Shown to Continuously Kill MRSA 'Superbug'
Date:10/30/2007

Self-Sanitizing Fiber Reduces Bacteria to Levels below Detection; Can

Provide Permanent Protection in Everyday Products

HAMPTON, N.H., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Foss Manufacturing Company, the first company to successfully embed a natural balance of silver and copper into fiber, has today announced that its Fosshield(R) patented technology is 99.99 percent effective in killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria to below the level of detection within one hour. The self-sanitizing fiber, soon to be used in a wide range of products found in schools, offices, homes, and communal environments, provides continuous antimicrobial protection against MRSA. MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus aureus (staph) resistant to certain antibiotics including methicillin and the more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, cephalexin and amoxicillin. MRSA incidence is on the rise in the U.S. and it has now become recognized as a major community-acquired pathogen and growing crisis.

"Results from our independent laboratory studies have shown that the Fosshield(R) technology kills MRSA, as well as a broad spectrum of bacteria capable of transmission by contact, to levels below detection within one hour and in some instances less than 10 minutes, and also exhibits anti-viral activity," said Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Microbiology, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at University of Arizona.

According to Dr. Gerba, MRSA survives longer on fabric than other surfaces. Therefore, the novel Fosshield(R) technology becomes part of the long-term solution to this crisis and an integral part of environmental counter-strategies in the fight against the spread of antibiotic-resistant infection.

"The key to the effectiveness of Fosshield's antimicrobial agent is the unique and balanced combination of nature's own active ingredients -- silver and copper -- embedded into the fiber," said
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