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September 23, 2010 19:01 ET

Dirty Hospitals Causing Alarm Among Infectious Disease Experts; Zimek Technologies Provides Solutions

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - September 23, 2010) -  Bacteria breakouts that are surviving the best antibiotics available are spreading across the U.S. at an alarming rate, according to infectious disease experts. 

"Bugs, superbugs, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and KPC (Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenamase) have cropped up in germ-infested health clubs, gyms and even dirty hospitals," says Dr. Brad Spellberg, infectious disease specialist, scientist, author and researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. "Our industry is not developing any new antibiotics to combat this medical urgency."

Spellberg, a recognized expert on the topic of antibiotic-resistant germs, and other physicians expressed alarm at the lack of antibiotics currently in development while testifying this past June during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee special hearing.

Dr. Spellberg, and other physicians who testified, raised concern for the spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes, including out of the hospital and into the community -- with lethal results. 

"Everyone is at risk of these infections," warned Dr. Spellberg, who spoke on behalf of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Spellberg is also a member of the Advisory Board of Zimek Technologies, a worldwide leader in infection control and biohazard remediation which has been developing and marketing its proven patented automatic Micro-Mist® decontamination technologies for more than five years.

Zimek's industry-leading technologies are used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Fire and EMS departments, healthcare facilities, public health agencies, transit systems, correctional facilities, and local law enforcement agencies across America. Zimek's special products "micronize" disinfectants that can quickly and automatically decontaminate facilities, equipment and vehicles. Zimek's germ-killing, revolutionary "micro-mist" can permeate crevasses and hidden surfaces where super-germs are untouched by standard sanitizing methods.

A dangerous new "superbug" gene created more attention last week. Labeled New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, better known as NDM-1, it is a resistant gene proliferating in particular "superbugs" which have the potential of spreading around the world, and scientists say there are almost no drugs in the pipeline to treat it.

Antibiotic-resistant infections "are extremely difficult to treat and frequently recur," Spellberg said. "These infections result in tremendous pain, suffering and disfigurement in adults, children and infants, and have caused millions of deaths worldwide."

Nearly 100,000 Americans die annually from infections acquired in hospitals, and treatment-resistant strains are spreading into our health clubs and gyms, Spellberg added.

"Zimek's proven rapid infection control application is a meaningful 21st century best practices infection prevention technology which will add another weapon to our arsenal to combat the spread of infectious diseases," said Kurt Grosman, CEO of Zimek Technologies. 

Spellberg, who is on the frontlines of the infectious disease battle, will discuss these concerns in a special investigative news story on the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" scheduled for broadcast on September 27th and 28th. (Please visit www.zimek.com for exact airdate/time.)

Spellberg will also be interviewed on an upcoming episode of "The Doctors," the award-winning syndicated talk show airing daily in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Sweden and Finland. "The Doctors" is distributed domestically and worldwide by CBS Television Distribution. (Please visit www.zimek.com for exact airdate/time.)

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