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University files patent for 'natural' bacteria killer to fight hospital infection

Researchers in the University of Northampton have developed a natural microbial vapour that has shown to be effective against a large range of bacteria and hospital-acquired infection, including C diff, as well as a range of fungal pathogens and spores.

Tests on the vapour have shown it reduces bacteria on surfaces by 99.9% in 24 hours and by 99.9% on food in 45 seconds.

Northampton postdoctoral researcher Katie Fisher said: ‘The vapour is completely natural which means it is safe to use on food and crops. It is also a natural alternative to some of the toxic chemicals, such as hydrogen peroxide, which are used in hospitals.

‘It has applications in the clinical arena for the decontamination of surfaces and air, therefore reducing hospital-acquired infections (such as C diff),’ she said.

A patent has been filed on the vapour and the university is currently seeking funding to develop it further with the aim of marketing it.


Readers' comments (2)

  • As a survivor of C. diff colitis resulting in a colectomy - I think this is a tremendous breakthrough in staunching the devestation of this nosocomial nightmare!

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  • Sounds promising, nice to see Northamapton in some form of media for something good! And maybe it'll give Northampton Uni some much needed good press too! Roll on Feb when I finally get to start! :)


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