Touchscreen Hygiene & Consumer Protection

Touchscreen Hygiene & Consumer Protection

The growth of Kiosks in public has increased rapidly, with the 2019 Kiosk Marketplace Census Report confirming that the industry has achieved record growth to 17.6% in a single year gain (jumping to a whopping $9.22 billion). With this growth, there has also been a significant growth in negative PR surrounding touchscreen hygiene.

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Science Foundation Ireland and KASTUS® collaborate in battle against Superbugs

Science Foundation Ireland and KASTUS® collaborate in battle against Superbugs

AMBER, the materials science centre at Trinity College Dublin, has announced a collaboration with Irish tech company KASTUS®, which is fighting the battle against superbugs.

The collaboration will involve specialised research work on the further development of antimicrobial coatings, which have already been commercialised by KASTUS®.

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Antibiotic resistant "nightmare bacteria" have escaped the hospital

From 2008 to 2012, in the American southeast, the rate of detection of the bacteria increased five-fold. Most of these cases (288 of 305, or 94 percent) were connected to hospital visits, but some weren’t. Some of this five-fold increase is attributable to better detection methods, the scientists say, but some of it is a sign that these antibiotic-resistant bacteria are taking hold.

Cloaked "Phantom" Bacteria Threaten the Middle East

Already highly dangerous bacteria called carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) have learned to “cloak” themselves with genetic material, effectively hiding from the body’s natural defenses. Experts are calling these new types of CRE “phantom bacteria” and have already found a multitude of them in the Middle East.
According to a study published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, these hard-to-detect superbugs may soon find their way into other parts of the world through international travel, just as other diseases such as Middle East respiratory system (MERS) already have.

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