Thursday, 30 October 2008

Copper Door Handles and Taps Kill 95% of Superbugs in Hospitals

Making door handles, taps and light switches from copper could help the country beat superbugs, scientists say.

A study found that copper fittings rapidly killed bugs on hospital wards, succeeding where other infection control measures failed.

In the trial at Selly Oak hospital, in Birmingham, copper taps, toilet seats and push plates on doors all but eliminated common bugs.

It is thought the metal 'suffocates' germs, preventing them breathing. It may also stop them from feeding and destroy their DNA.

Lab tests show that the metal kills off the deadly MRSA and C difficile superbugs.

It also kills other dangerous germs, including the flu virus and the E coli food poisoning bug.

Although it later says this trial was funded by the "copper industry" the results here should certainly not be discounted. If a repetition of this test proves successful then copper is it.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 30th, 2008.]

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