Monday, June 29, 2009

British scientists make key breakthrough in superbug fight

The Daily Telegraph can disclose that in the biggest trial of its kind the newly developed cleansing agent Byotrol has cut levels of MRSA on wards by one third compared with the NHS gold standard bleach.

The results from the 11-month independent study at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), following similar tests at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, have raised hopes that superbugs could now be eradicated from hospitals.

Byotrol, an antimicrobial technology, has a polymer based structure which enables it to kill bacteria days after being first applied unlike conventional bleaches which stop working shortly after they dry.

Byotrol, which was first developed by a Manchester-based paint firm, to create a wall coating for warm bread factories which are notorious breeding grounds for bacteria. It has been used successfully for three years in an Icelandic fish factory to prevent infection. The polymer creates a surface tension effect which operates like a fly trap that literally tears apart the bacteria when they come into contact. The effect lasts for several days, according to the tests' data.


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