Study says copper surfaces destroy MRSA

Contamination often occurs via fingertips, drying rapidly unlike visible droplets

Copper surfaces destroy MRSA at a touch according to new research from the University of Southampton, according to an article on the Infection Control Today website.

Previous Southampton studies, simulated ‘droplet contamination’ of MRSA – representing a sneeze or a splash, but Contamination often occurs via fingertips, drying rapidly unlike visible droplets.

MRSA cells can remain alive for long periods on non-antimicrobial surfaces  but are killed even more rapidly than droplet contamination on copper and copper alloys, the study said.

Exposure to copper damages the bacterial respiration and DNA, resulting in irreversible cell breakdown and death.”

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March 1, 2016

Topic Area: Safety

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