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When Viruses (Including H1N1) and Bacteria are as Close as your Fingertips; VirWall's New Innovation Can Disarm Killer Keyboards
Date:11/17/2009

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Engineer/pilot/attorney Jon Roberts, PhD, has dozens of inventions to his credit. They include technology that thwarts piracy in movie theatres, gadgets that track important items inadvertently left behind, devices to enhance airport security and even an electronic matchmaker that alerts two nearby individuals with similar interests that they have, indeed, found their match. Now, as Chairman and VP R&D of VirWall Systems Inc., he's introducing a keyboard sanitizer that uses UV-C light to eradicate bacteria and viruses on computer keyboards in about 45 seconds, for under a hundredth of a penny per exposure. The invention is featured in the November issue of the New Jersey Technology Council's LifeSciTrends, an update on important health and technological advances.

"I started studying patterns of infection transmission years ago when my son started bringing home a never-ending series of bacteria and viruses from kindergarten. I don't think we'd ever had as many colds or coughs in succession," explains Dr. Roberts.

Today Dr. Roberts has parlayed his study of vectors of disease transmission into the design of a streamlined, efficient keyboard sanitizer that stops 99.99+ percent of bacteria and viruses before they can become hitchhiking pathogens. It is effective against influenza A (the family of which H1N1 is a member), staph, strep, salmonella, MRSA, E. coli, norovirus, Avian flu, the common cold and more.

"When you consider that the average computer keyboard can harbor as many as 3000 microbes per square inch, you've got a real problem on your hands - literally," notes Dr. Roberts. In 2008 the CDC reported the first documented case of norovirus transmitted by computer keyboards and peripherals in a school system. In other settings - such as hospitals -- contaminated keyboards can pose significant threats to patients and healthcare professionals alike since the resident
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