Sunday, 21 April 2019

`SuperTowel’ Shows Potential to Limit Spread of Disease in Humanitarian Crises

A new hand-washing product dubbed the SuperTowelTM could become a useful complementary tool for fighting disease outbreaks in humanitarian crises where limited access to soap and clean water aggravates the spread of conditions like diarrhea and cholera, according to a new study published today in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

A team led by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that various prototypes of the hand-towel-size SuperTowel, made from high-tech microfiber that can neutralize many disease-causing microbes, were more effective than hand-washing with soap at removing bacteria. The product was developed for situations like crowded refugee camps, war-torn cities, and natural disasters where diseases spread by hands that have come into contact with fecal matter are a major humanitarian challenge.

The SuperTowel has to be dipped in a small amount of water to work, but the researchers found it required much less water than normal handwashing. The current study tested the towel in volunteers whose hands had been deliberately exposed to a relatively harmless strain of Escherichia coli (E. Coli)bacteria that, in other forms, can cause severe diarrhea. The researchers said additional studies are needed in more challenging conditions.


Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology

1 comment:

  1. Great accomplishment! Have you considered ECA-Water, i.e. ElectroChemically Activated water to wash with...


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