SOURCE: Universal Detection Technology

May 08, 2008 16:00 ET

Universal Detection Technology's Anti-Microbial Washing Additive Proves Effective Against the Re-Growth of MRSA

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Universal Detection Technology ( (OTCBB: UDTT) (FRANKFURT: PO8), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect people from bioterrorism and other infectious health threats and provider of counter-terrorism consulting and training services, announced today that its Anti-microbial washing machine additive is effective in sterilizing fabrics and linen from harmful bacteria such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

MRSA is found worldwide, predominantly in hospitals and institutions such as nursing homes. Recently MRSA has also spread in the general community. There are three main reservoirs (and hence sources of spread and infection) for MRSA in hospital and institutions: staff, patients and inanimate objects such as beds, linen and utensils. Hospitals need to take precautions to prevent the spread of MRSA by sterilizing linen and clothing.

MRSA infections occur in approximately 94,000 persons each year and are associated with approximately 19,000 deaths. Of these infections, about 86% are healthcare-associated and 14% are community-associated.

"The spread of MRSA in Hospitals and long term care facilities is of great concern," said Mr. Jacques Tizabi, UDTT's Chief Executive Officer. "We see a large market for anti MRSA products and in particular our Silver additive that not only kills MRSA but also keeps the treated area sterile," he added.

UDTT's Silver Washing Machine Additive when added to the wash cycle gives Long Lasting Anti-microbial Protection to all clothes, bed linen, towels, and fabrics for up to 50 washes. This protection prevents re-growth of bacteria, mold fungi and odors even after extensive use the fabrics remain fresh and free from smells. Experiments by researchers at Wayne State University Medical School show that surfaces treated with the additive remain sterile for up to 6 weeks. The prevention of re-growth of bacteria is a significant step in curtailing the spread of MRSA.

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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 bioterror 'smoke' detector that detects certain biohazard substances. For more information, please visit

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