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Treatment system destroys waterborne 'bird flu' virus
A chlorine-free water treatment technology designed by Prescott-based Vortex Corp. and funded by the US Department of Homeland Security has been shown to destroy the Avian Influenza A virus in water...
The photo-oxidation treatment technology, which mimics a water purification phenomenon that occurs in the environment, was recently found by scientists at the University of Minnesota to destroy a subtype of Avian Influenza A, commonly known as bird flu, the report stated.
Vortex is now under contract by the Homeland Security Department to develop the chlorine-free water treatment systems for municipal use...
Study: Treatments effective against bird flu relative
ITHACA, NY – Chlorination, ultraviolet (UV) radiation and bacterial digesters used to treat municipal drinking water and wastewater may be sufficient in preventing bird flu viruses from infecting plant workers and spreading through tap water, a January 2 report issued by Cornell University said.
Scientists from the university worked with the US Military Academy at West Point to examine H5N2, a close relative of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus, to find out if bird flu could infect people through drinking water and wastewater systems, the report noted.
Bird Flu Viruses Unlikely to Endure Water Treatment, Study Says
By Jason Gale
Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Bird flu viruses are unlikely to survive sewerage and drinking water treatment systems, making it doubtful contaminated feces could infect plant workers and spread through tap water, scientists at Cornell University said.
The researchers studied a low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, which they said resembles the lethal H5N1 strain circulating in Asia and Africa. Water treatments, including chlorination, ultraviolet radiation and bacterial digesters killed the microbes, said Araceli Lucio-Forster, a microbiologist at Ithaca, New York-based Cornell.
The finding may reduce concerns about drinking water as a mode of infection during a pandemic. World health officials say the H5N1 flu virus, which has killed 157 people since 2003, may spark a global outbreak if it mutates to become as infectious to humans as seasonal flu.
Blood HIV filter unveiled
The Queensland team have worked out how to eliminate viruses from water using nanofiltration – technology which pushes minute particles through extremely small pores.
The next difficult step is to remove viruses from air and blood, which could change the landscape of some major global diseases, said lead researcher Professor Huaiyong Zhu.
"If we can remove compounds from liquids and viruses from water then there may also be potential to remove HIV from blood," said Dr Zhu, from the Queensland University of Technology.
Originally posted by Gemini Candles
More on water . H5N1 and how they will flow together .. I can accept birds and mammals , small human clusters , however the mention of water and simple searches on water & H5N1 and reading the results brings a new meaning to the word pandemic .. Sars reading on bleach rusting pipes as panic reduced people into using the bleach in its undiluted form was a treat to read . Water ... Been a long time visitor , 1st post .
Top thread . Water is our most precious life force .