Outbreaks can and do happen outside of hospitals
Educational facilities and public buildings provide ideal conditions for spreading infectious bacteria
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists
five factors that are conducive to the spread of MRSA and other
infectious bacteria:crowding, contact, contaminated surfaces,
compromised skin (i.e. cuts and scratches) and lack of cleanliness.
Frequently touched surfaces in these buildings create
breeding grounds for infectious bacteria that increase the
potential to infect people that interact in these environments on a
A 2009 study by the CDC reported a seven-fold
increase of Community-Acquired MRSA in outpatients from
1999-2006.1 Community-Acquired MRSA can affect healthy
children and adults who are not typically at risk. High
profile outbreaks in schools and public buildings are increasing at
an alarming rate.
Children Centers in Hachioji City and Mitaka, Tokyo have renovated their facilities
with beautiful Antimicrobial Copper products.
They understand that the build environment is a significant
contributor to the proliferation of these deadly pathogens.
Antimicrobial Copper surfaces can help fight MRSA and other
bacteria in schools and public buildings.
 (Emerging Infectious Diseases 2009; 15(12)).
* Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly,
Antimicrobial Copper™ kills greater than 99.9% of the following
bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA,
Vancomycin-ResistantEnterococcus faecalis (VRE),
Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter
aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
and E. coli O157:H7. Antimicrobial Copper surfaces
are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection
control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial
contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination;
users must continue to follow all current infection control
practices. Michels et al, Lett Appl Microbiol,
49 (2009) 191-195 demonstrated that Antimicrobial Copper™
outperforms two commercially available silver-containing coatings
under typical indoor conditions.