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TMCNet:  Preventing the Spread of Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases - EPA Approves Florida Company's Disinfectant Use for Infection Control and Biohazards

[August 28, 2014]

Preventing the Spread of Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases - EPA Approves Florida Company's Disinfectant Use for Infection Control and Biohazards

ORLANDO, Fla. --(Business Wire)--

Zimek announced today the release of the EPA's approval for an antimicrobial product to be used in the company's patented rapid decontamination fogging and micro-misting system. Zimek invented and manufactures an infection control and biohazard remediation misting technology to help kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of infectious diseases among the public in enclosed environments wherever free air flows.

Zimek Systems have been tested with the appropriate sterilant formulation to�successfully destroy Anthrax spores enabling rapid biohazard defense preparedness.�In 2007, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security first purchased Zimek's Micro-Mist Rapid Decontamination Systems for use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for deployment at its facilities at Mount Weather, Virginia pursuant to a sole source technology agreement. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Defense first began using Micro-Mist Systems at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) located at the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Select hospitals around the country also use Zimek where there are concerns about drug-resistant bacteria to help reduce deadly hospital acquired infections. /p>

Just a few weeks ago, the CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden told Congress the current West-African Ebola outbreak is the largest of the disease ever, developing into an international crisis that is even worse than originally feared. "According to the CDC Director who traveled to Liberia this week, the outbreak is ahead of the response and is an absolute emergency with increased risk the disease will spread to other countries," said Rob Theisen, Chairman of Zimek's Advisory Board. "The CDC Director has further affirmed a repeated concern of the United Nations' World Health Organization that the virus has up to a 21-day incubation period, meaning an infected person could get on an airplane in West Africa before symptoms appear and the person becomes contagious," Theisen added.

Ebola and other�deadly viruses and bacteria can be easily transmitted globally on commercial and military aircraft. It happened with the transmission of the Acinitobacter bacteria during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars which formerly did not exist here prior to 2001 but contaminates most U.S. hospitals today. The ability of such microbes to rapidly mutate and replicate is one of the greatest global threats. Given recent concerns about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, Zimek has begun to explore studies of commercial aircraft decontamination. The company believes an aircraft decontamination protocol can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and save lives on military and commercial aircraft.

The Zimek System rapidly decontaminates enclosed environmental surfaces, per the EPA approved label, which frequently harbor multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO), mold, harmful bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants. The Zimek rapid decontamination technology disperses micro-droplets of a disinfectant in an automatic "touchless" 360-degree application. Drone-like disinfection deployment can now be effectively achieved in enclosed spaces to thoroughly disinfect all surface areas and eliminate human error inevitably suffered by decontamination and environmental disinfection teams.

For more information on Zimek's decontamination technology, please visit www.zimek.com.


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