The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes causes the infectious disease Listeriosis. These bacteria are widely distributed throughout the world and can be found in vegetation, soil, water, and even the feces of some animals. People who have compromised immune systems, are pregnant, or are elderly are at higher risk of being infected. They need to make sure that they avoid eating high-risk foods. Some high-risk foods include smoked, fermented, cured, and cooked meat products; deli meat; smoked fish; and soft cheese. This is a very serious disease but it possible to prevent and treat Listeria.
As far as foodborne diseases go, foodborne listeriosis is very severe although very rare. Unfortunately, listeria transmission is fairly easy because the bacteria can survive and multiply even in the refrigerator. It also can cause death. Infection occurs mostly by eating foods contaminated with the bacteria, although pregnant women can pass it to their unborn babies. L. monocytogenes are in animal tracts, soil, and water. Manure fertilizer can contaminate vegetables and food that is stored for long periods of time can easily become a breeding ground, prompting many people to wonder how to kill the Listeria bacteriaAny foods that last for a long time in the refrigerator as well as foods that don’t need cooking before being eaten can harbor Listeria. Some products are more commonly affected, such as fermented raw sausage.
Early diagnosis, the use of antibiotics, and other medical care can decrease symptoms and save a person’s life. It’s important to focus on listeria removal and control in all food sources to keep food from being contaminated. Food manufacturers need to make sure that they are testing for this bacterium and monitoring environments where food is stored for extended periods of time. Additionally, they need to focus on preventing Listeria monocytogenes in foods that are ready to eat as this is a prime location where this bacterium can survive and thrive. Using Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), doctors and scientists are able to more rapidly determine where the outbreak occurred by linking the L. monocytogenes from certain foods to the people who were affected. This makes it possible to slow and stop the spread of this bacterium.
The bacteria that cause listeria monocytogenes meningitis are killed by cooking and pasteurization. Safe food handling is important, especially for people who are in a high-risk group. People in these groups need to avoid unpasteurized milk and juice, carefully follow food expiration guidelines, and cook food before eating to kill bacteria. To get rid of this bacterium in your home, office, or medical building, it is a good idea to use an Odorox Hydroxyl Generator air machine. These machines are able to eliminate and kill all bacteria in the air and on surfaces, helping to sanitize your space effectively.
RE: Odorox Trash Room Hydroxyl Generator Applications
On behalf of the City 24 Condominium Association ('City 24'), I would like to provide the remarkable results of the Odoroxª hydroxyl technology trash room applications implemented at our development.
City 24 is a 126 unit, 15 story condominium development located on Biscayne Boulevard near downtown Miami. The building maintains a retail trash room and trash chute room. The retail trash room contains 4 large trash dumpsters which is used by residents and retailers and is a receptacle for food and other wastes. Previously these trash rooms were air-conditioned at approximately 65 degrees in order to control offensive odors and City 24 was constantly trying to maintain control over the troublesome, offensive odors.
In mid-May, upon the recommendation of the Odoroxª team, the air-conditioning systems were turned off in the trash rooms. The Odoroxª guys installed hydroxyl generators into each trash room. The problematic air quality control problems were reversed and an immediate improvement was noted. Above and beyond the successful resolution of a very problematic air quality control problem, City 24 realized the added benefit of a significantly reduced house electric bill.
The Odoroxª equipment has proven to be quite effective in City 24 with many different applications. For instance, in addition to the trash room units, City 24 maintains mobile units that are used on a localized basis for odor control problems in the building such as paint fumes. Further, the units serve as a dehumidifier thus further positively affecting our air quality and reducing the a/c operating costs.
While today everyone is facing difficult economic circumstances, the Odoroxª technology has provided significant relief to our present situation and paid for itself in a matter of a couple of months.
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Health And Safety
JEMS, Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Hydroxyl generators kill germs & snuff odors
An Odorox® .Slimline. model portable hydroxyl generator sanitizes this ambulance. Photo Thom Dick
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We've talked about cooties before, Life-Saver. Nothing is scarier than some of the stuff you can't even see.
Fortunately, our bodies came equipped with an incredible array of weapons to protect us from sick people's diseases.
I can't find any studies that say so, but I don't think EMS providers get sick as often as most other people. If that's true, I suspect it's because we're exposed to so much disease on a regular basis that we're somewhat immune to it. I've always been impressed by that (and have always been grateful for it.) But I still think we'd be a lot safer if somebody could devise a surefire way to sanitize an ambulance without taking it apart.
In the March 2005 installment of this column, I discussed numerous ways EMS providers could minimize their exposure to disease. I suggested everything from leaving their boots at work to routinely cleaning door handles, stretchers, ceiling hardware and radio mics with contact cleaner. I've also talked about such practices as hand-washing, ditching exam gloves before driving, removing the floor hardware to address substances that accumulate there and not eating in ambulances.
I do brag some about my agency's crews. I hope you understand I love 'em to death. If you ever come and ride with us, you'll see why in about a second. Not only are they fine caregivers, but they also have hearts the size of toasters. If we were to lose just one of them, all of EMS would be damaged. Their families expect us to keep them safe, and we try hard to do that.
One of our first responders is an EMT named Chris Forbes. Chris is a lieutenant with our fire department here in Brighton, Colo., and he's a part-time distributor of gizmos called hydroxyl generators. Hydroxyl ions are unstable, negatively charged molecules that oxidize single-celled organisms, and thereby, destroy them. Chris showed us a device the size of a briefcase that's designed to produce and circulate hydroxyls throughout a closed environment about the size of a small house (2,000 square feet). We bought it (for about $2,800). When we take an ambulance out of service for maintenance, and before we give it back to a crew, we plug the device into the unit's 110VAC shoreline circuit and run it in the patient compartment for 24 hours with all the doors and windows closed.
We're pretty small-time, and we serve a poor district, so we don't have a lot of money for science. We've found no reference to anybody using hydroxyl generators in ambulances. But the independent lab reports we've read say that in structures, this device destroys more than 99.9% of airborne, surface and contained anthrax, Clostridium difficile, Escherichia coli, influenza A, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Listeria monocytogenes, MRSA, Staph aureus, molds and their spores, and tuberculosis bacilli on stainless steel and cotton fabric surfaces during a single 12-hour exposure.(1?3)
We also know from experience that it eliminates biologic and non-biologic odors?including emesis, blood, smoke and ethanol?and produces no odors of its own.
They're commonly installed in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems of public buildings, especially in humid areas, and they're routinely used to purify structures after flooding. Fire departments use them to sanitize turnout gear.
How do these things work? Ours contains a fan that draws .dirty. air through a multiple-wavelength ultraviolet chamber, then exhausts it as clean air?along with hydroxyl ions?back into the environment. Hydroxyls occur naturally in sunlight. Although they're deadly to one-celled organisms, they're harmless to people and animals. Likewise, tests prove they break down airborne aldehydes, ozone, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.(4)
According to Chris, you can actually get these things in much smaller sizes, designed for permanent mounting in an ambulance, for about $500. That would spread the cost of one over the span of a lease, or the life of a vehicle. JEMS - Journal of Emergency Medical Services
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Odorox hydroxyl technology destroys 99.9% of germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, voc's and viruses in the air and on porous and non-porous surfaces which can cause illness and infections. MDU/RX FDA approved and safe to use in spaces occupied by people, pets, and plants.