New Indian Express- 18 Jun 2012

     Spray to kill airborne infections

By Express News Service - CHENNAI
18th June 2012 08:39 AM

A Japanese spray that can kill disease causing viruses, bacteria and fungi has been developed jointly by Japanese scientists and the Chennai-based hospital Sankara Nethralaya. A paper on the research was presented at the International Conference on Infectious Diseases held at Bangkok recently.

Airborne infections among hospital visitors affect millions worldwide every year and the healthcare costs for tackling the same are huge. As hospitals are prone to have more people with such infections, doctors, healthcare workers and visitors in such environments or patients with other diseases are prone to be affected by airborne infections from those who have been already infected. To control this situation, Japanese scientists have developed a non-alcohol based and safe spray that can be continuously administered in operation theatres, OPDs and ICU.

Though this has been in use in Japan for more than five years, the team headed by Professor H N Madhavan used the device in India and found that the system named ‘Clinster’ effectively destroys disease causing bacteria and inhibits fungal growth in their hospital and lab environments.

Subsequently the device was also installed at Sankara Nethralaya and according to Dr Madhavan, it will not only be very useful for hospital environments but also for laboratories.