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THE POWER OF UV

Here at Violet Defense, we are passionate about protecting our world from germs. As part of this journey, our blog helps us all to become more “germ aware” about the risks that germs pose to our health and wellness in everyday places, but more importantly how UV light has the power to help us fight this war against harmful bacteria and viruses.

 

 
 
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New Tools Against a Global Threat
 
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Most of us are aware that we are surrounded by germs every day, but a lot of us don't really like to think about that.  Unfortunately, the potential dangers have grown too high for us to not pay attention or take it that seriously.

germs placing us at risk

If you look at the top causes of death according to the World Health Organization's Global Health Estimates (2015), you will see commonly known threats like ischemic heart disease and stroke.  However, you'd be missing the real threat that germs represent to our health and wellness.

When you total up all of the deaths caused by infections due to germs that surround us (ranging from diarrhoeal diseases to respiratory infections and STDs), you start to see a very concerning picture.  Various bacterial and viral infections cause approximately 9.3 million deaths each year, making it the second leading cause of death compared to 10 million from heart disease and 8.7 million from cancer.

Most are unaware that over 9 million people, based on 2015 WHO data, across the world die from illnesses caused by germs each year, comparable to heart disease and greater than cancer.
— Mark Nathan, CEO, Violet Defense

When you combine the harmful impact germs represent, the continued growth in antibiotic resistance, and recent pandemics like the 2014 Ebola epidemic that killed 11,000 people, new agencies outside of the traditional health care sector are starting to pay attention to this issue that can have widespread consequences.  Recently, the World Bank's annual meeting included a simulation about how things like travel and tourism could be affected by a mystery respiratory virus.   After the Ebola Response, the bank wanted "to prepare much more systematically to be ready for the 100 percent probability we will be dealing with this again," according to Tim Evans, senior director for health, nutrition and population at the World Bank.

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The good news is that as we become more aware of the threat, we can develop and deploy new solutions.  Violet Defense has recently launched a new line of germ-killing light products, including our S.A.G.E. UV Whole Room Unit that can add a layer of protection to a virtually unlimited number of locations.  The small footprint of our products, coupled with the germ-killing power, enables clinical-level cleaning in everyday spaces - from hotels, restaurants, and cruise lines to assisted living facilities, doctor's offices, schools, and hospitals.

Contact us to find out more about how Violet Defense can help you protect yourself, your employees, and your customers against this very real threat.

 

 

 

 

Jessica JonesUV, outbreaks, germs, uv light
The Latest Listeria Threat: How UV Can Help
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On Monday, a major food production facility had to issue a voluntary recall on numerous products due to a possible contamination of vegetables sourced by their company.  There were 98 different products included in the recall - affecting major retail chains, including Walmart, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Albertsons and many more across the country.   This shows how quickly an issue at a single facility can lead to widespread, multi-state outbreaks.  In 2015, an outbreak associated with a brand of packaged salads led to 19 hospitalizations and one death across 9 states.  

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Many people are also familiar with the major outbreak associated with Blue Bell ice cream, which caused 10 cases of listeriosis and 3 deaths.  What was originally perceived as an isolated incident led to multiple recalls across 5 states.  

about listeria

According to the CDC, Listeria monocytogenes infects 1600 people each year and approximately 260 die.  While this recall was made prior to any reported illnesses, it can take 2-10 weeks or longer to determine if someone was part of a Listeria outbreak according to the CDC.  The bacteria can be especially dangerous to pregnant women with the ability to cause miscarriages or long-term health effects in the child.  It is also more dangerous to adults over the age of 65.

Listeria is commonly found in:

  • Soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk
  • Raw sprouts
  • Melons
  • Hot dogs
  • Lunch & deli meats

The USDA has numerous recommendations for facilities on prevention, including sanitizing utensils and equipment, taking apart ready-to-eat food processing equipment prior to cleaning, scrubbing surfaces to ensure listeria is not forming biofilms that become harder to clean, rotating sanitizers to ensure listeria is not establishing niches, and using low water pressure to ensure you're not spreading microorganisms unintentionally with splashing and overspray.  

UV light for disinfection

Given the severity of the potential effects of this pathogen and how easily it can spread across the country, it is critical that facilities have a multitude of tools at their disposal.  UV light has been proven effective against listeria (in addition to other pathogens, such as E. coli and Salmonella that cause foodborne illnesses).  As an additional layer of protection, UV light can help reduce the risk of listeriosis and it has been proven as a promising bactericidal option in food facilities as it does not negatively effect the color, flavor, odor or taste of the product.

For more information about how Violet Defense products, such as the S.A.G.E. UV Whole Room Unit could help protect against this threat, contact us.