Members of our team recently visited Asia, including a trip to the South Korean capital, Seoul. At the time Seoul was experiencing an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Sydrome (MERS). This illness affects the respiratory system and is caused by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The first human cases of this novel virus strain were reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. News of the spread of MERS-CoV added to the already high level of concern about viruses in Asia. Just some of the recent well publicised outbreaks in the region are Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002/2003; Hand, Foot and Mouth disease (HFMD) in 2008 and 2009; and Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 (Swine Flu) in 2009.
Many manufacturers are developing solutions designed to help consumers avoid exposure to viruses. At airmid healthgroup we work closely with leading companies operating in Asia to provide trusted third party validation and certification of health related claims for their products. We test products such as textiles, hand dryers, humidifiers and air purifiers. We work with viruses like Influenza A (H1N1), Human Rhinovirus 16 (one of the main causative agent of the common cold) and Human Coronavirus 229E. Where it is not possible to work with a particular virus, we can generally use other genetically related viruses as close surrogates. We have optimised test procedures including culture methods, ELISA and qPCR analysis for several viruses. Some of our tests involve the use of synthetic skin materials to determine the adherence of viral particles to skin.
We use these advanced scientific techniques in conjunction with biological particles to provide the best indication of how a product will perform in the real environment. Please contact us if you would like further details of this, or any other type of testing that we provide.
About Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)