SOURCE: Universal Detection Technology

September 14, 2010 05:00 ET

Universal Detection Technology Expands Biohazard Detection Product Catalog to Include Tularemia Detection Device

Consumer-Ready Device Equips Military and First Responders With Detecting the Bacteria Responsible for Tularemia Infection

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) - Universal Detection Technology (www.udetection.com) (OTCBB: UNDT), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect people from bioterrorism and other infectious health threats, announced today that it has expanded its product catalogue to include a consumer-ready device that detects Francisella tularensis, the bacteria responsible for Tularemia infection.

According to JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, "A weapon using airborne tularemia would likely result three to five days later in an outbreak of acute, undifferentiated febrile illness with incipient pneumonia, pleuritis (inflammation of the lining of the lung) and hilar lymphadenopathy (enlargement of the lymph nodes). Without treatment, the clinical course could progress to respiratory failure, shock and death."

A World Health Organization (WHO) expert committee estimated that an aerosol dispersal of 50 kg of virulent F tularensis over a metropolitan area with 5 million inhabitants would result in 250,000 incapacitating casualties, including 19,000 deaths. Illness would be expected to persist for several weeks and disease relapses to occur during the ensuing weeks or months. Referring to this model, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently examined the expected economic impact of bioterrorist attacks and estimated the total base costs to society of an F tularensis aerosol attack to be $5.4 billion for every 100,000 persons exposed.

"UDT continues to add products and capabilities to its catalog of biological detection equipment, ensuring our military and first response customers are better prepared in dealing with hazardous situations," said Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology. "The Tularemia test device follows in the line of our accurate and easy to use biological detection equipment," continued Tizabi.

For more information please visit www.udetection.com or email info@udetection.com.

About Universal Detection Technology

Universal Detection Technology (UNDT) 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, UNDT, in cooperation with NASA, has developed a bacterial spore detector that detects certain biohazard substances. The Company is also a reseller of handheld assays used for detection of five bioterrorism agents, radiation detection systems, and antimicrobial products. For more information, please visit www.udetection.com.

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