Research Articles

UV's Effectiveness Against Wide Variety of Microbes May Help Against Biowarfare Agents

Can biowarfare agents be defeated with light?

Published: Virulence, September 2013


With the threat that bioterrorism plays in the 21st century, highly infectious and virulent diseases may be caused by dissemination of certain viruses, bacteria, spores, fungi, or toxins.


This article provides background information on various antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of light, including UV light, with emphasis on UV-C wavelengths, as well as blue light. Authors indicate that “UV light as a viable decontamination technique for potential biological warfare agents.”

Infection ControlJessica Jones