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Federal Funding Awarded to Test Antimicrobial Properties of Copper Metals
Date:8/19/2007

U.S. Dept. of Defense Interested in Copper's Ability to Reduce Threat of

Hospital Infections and Improve Indoor Air Quality

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Congressionally appropriated funds to determine the antimicrobial effectiveness of copper, brass and bronze have been awarded to the Copper Development Association, announced CDA President Andrew G. Kireta Sr.

One study will focus on the ability of copper metals to kill deadly pathogens on touch surfaces in hospital facilities in New York City and Charleston, South Carolina. The other will focus on the effectiveness of copper components in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina; Fort Gordon, in Augusta, Georgia; and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The studies will be carried out for the U.S. Department of Defense under the aegis of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technologies Research Center (TATRC), a section of the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), and implemented by Advanced Technology Institute (ATI).

Recent peer-reviewed research conducted at the University of Southampton in the U.K. proves copper, brass and bronze can quickly and efficiently eradicate several different pathogens which are the source of many hospital- acquired infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Escherichia coli O157:H7. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that infections acquired in U.S. hospitals affect some two million individuals every year, resulting in nearly 100,000 deaths annually and costing $30 billion.

Microbial growth on common touch surfaces is of increasing concern to healthcare facilities. According to Dr. Harold Michels, vice president of Technical and Information Services for CDA and the studies' principal investigator, "A positive outcome to these studies will provide hospitals with solid information on an add
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