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Witness the Power of Antimicrobial Copper: You’re Invited to a Live Experiment in a Worldwide Webcast – 9 a.m. EDST, April 4

March 30th, 2011

By Adam Estelle, CDA Project Engineer

Watch how infection-causing bacteria dies on copper surfaces in a live experiment, 9 a.m. EDST, April 4. You will be able to see through a powerful microscope how MRSA, the bacteria responsible for numerous hospital-acquired infections and one of the world’s deadliest microbes, dies on Antimicrobial Copper touch surfaces. The webcast is sponsored by the Copper Development Association, the International Copper Association and the European Copper Institute.

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I’m pleased to announce the CDA is one of the sponsors of a 20-minute webcast that will prove Antimicrobial Copper is a highly effective touch surface material that kills bacteria responsible for infectious diseases.*

Professor William Keevil, a microbiological researcher and head of Environmental Research at the University of Southampton (UK), will oversee the webcast experiment in which several million live MRSA bacteria will be placed on both Antimicrobial Copper and stainless steel surfaces. Images of the bacteria will be displayed to participants to witness live. During the webcast, participants will be able to interact via a live chat with Antimicrobial Copper experts.

Why is this demonstration important? About two million healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are reported in the U.S. annually resulting in 100,000 deaths.  HAIs are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease, cancer and strokes and kill more people than automobile accidents, fires and drowning combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The costs are high for health care systems in the U.S. and worldwide, but the personal impact on individuals and their families affected by HAIs is immeasurable. According to the World Health Organization, more than seven million people suffer from HAIs annually and the actual cost of deaths attributed to these infections exceeds $80 million.

Antimicrobial Copper is part of the solution in the fight against healthcare-acquired infections – it kills 99.9% of bacteria within two hours of exposure. Our goal for this webcast is to show health care administrators, infectious disease professionals, architects and other health care decision-makers that products made from Antimicrobial Copper continuously kill bacterial contamination. Heathcare decision-makers should keep this in mind for retrofit or new construction projects.

Antimicrobial Copper isn’t just pure copper. It’s shorthand for a host of solid, copper alloys like brass and bronze, that can go head-to-head with stainless steel in terms of strength, durability and aesthetics. We’re excited to have the opportunity to offer this free webcast to the public and we encourage you to join us in seeing the power of Antimicrobial Copper, 9 a.m. (EDST), Monday, April 4.



*  When cleaned regularly, Antimicrobial Copper products kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure:  MRSA, VRE, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7.  For a complete listing of approved EPA public health claims for Antimicrobial Copper products, please visit www.AntimicrobialCopper.com.


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