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Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Combats Bio-Terror

Since September 11, 2001, many countries have revamped their terrorism and bioterrorism protocols. As the years have passed, much focus has been placed on impending threats of bioterrorism. A relatively new airborne germ killing technology could advance protection in many public places. Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation could eliminate many bio-terror threats. Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation has gained attention due to an increasing interest in the prevention of a malevolent bio-terror outbreak. This unique air-disinfectant technology is capable of being produced by mercury vapor arc lamps. UVGI has already been tested specifically on tuberculosis transmission and can be applied to several other respiratory pathogens, rendering them ineffective. Air cleansing is important for many health reasons, especially when breathing public domain air. Recent technologies include ventilation, filtration, and now Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation. UVGI has actually been in use for years, and is a common tool in many laboratories and healthcare facilities. However, this technology is ultimately unknown to many including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning engineers. Widely used high ventilation systems weaken and remove infected air particles, while popular HEPA filtration units effectively catch and hold tiny air particles that carry germs. UVGI technology takes germicide to another level by damaging the DNA of microorganisms and inhibiting their ability to procreate, and infect. Studies indicate the destructiveness of UVGI on the DNA of bacteria and viruses is the result of two factors; the intensity of the Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation, and the length of time germ particles are exposed to the technology. UVGI is effective on a broad range of pathogens that can easily be aerosolized. Some of these pathogens include: Anthrax Small-pox Viral hemorrhagic fevers Pneumonic plague Glanders Tularemia Drug resistant tuberculosis
    UVGI is also effective for a variety of public applications including: Commercial buildings Government buildings Healthcare facilities Schools Dormitories Military barracks Shopping malls Public transportation Auditoriums Museums Large public gathering places
      The use of UVGI in everyday life is a simple adjustment. These germicidal units can easily be installed through fixtures or within ventilation systems themselves. UVGI technology could have a profound effect on the protection of any nation’s people. Without many other options, Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation could eliminate many bio-terror threats.   Sources: Public Health Report - NCBI - UVGI Systems -
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