SOURCE: Universal Detection Technology

October 24, 2007 07:00 ET

Universal Detection Technology's Analysis of the Prevalence of Airborne MRSA

Universal Detection Technology Microbial Monitor Designed to Detect Airborne MRSA, Drug-resistant Staph Bacteria

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 24, 2007) - Universal Detection Technology ( (OTCBB: UDTT), a developer and provider of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect people from bioterrorism and radiological weapons, issued an analysis of the prevalence of Airborne MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). UDTT designed a Microbial Event Monitor (MEM) designed to monitor the air for airborne bacteria including the deadly MRSA. The technology is under exclusive license to UDTT from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Office of Technology Transfer and is protected under a provisional patent.

According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Microbiology, the airborne route of transmission is responsible for a large number of MRSA infections. The study found that MRSA infects and replicates in a species of amoeba, called Acanthamoeba polyphaga, which is ubiquitous in the environment and can be found on inanimate objects such as vases, sinks and walls. The amoeba produce cysts that help spread MRSA, meaning that MRSA can be 'blown in the wind' between different locations.

"The general consensus used to be that MSRA was spread through direct contact with material contaminated with the bacteria said Mr. Amir Ettehadieh, UDTT's Director of Research and Development. "However studies have confirmed the airborne spread of MRSA either through dead human skin cells or single-celled organisms," he added.

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Universal Detection Technology is a developer of monitoring technologies, including bioterrorism detection devices. The Company on its own and with development partners is positioned to capitalize on opportunities related to Homeland Security. For example, the Company, in cooperation with NASA, has developed a bio-terror 'smoke' detector that detects certain biohazard substances. For more information, please visit

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