August 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The cruise ship Marco
Polo, whose round-Britain cruise had to be
cancelled because hundreds of passengers became ill with the vomiting bug
Norovirus, has been totally disinfected by SitexOrbis' revolutionary
infection control fogging service in just 5 hours at the Tilbury docks.
During that time 375
rooms on 11 decks plus public spaces, lifts and communal areas were
powered by Activ8(TM) is available from SitexOrbis, the only company
certified to offer the vaporisation process as per the industry standard.
The antibacterial agent, Activ8(TM) is of proven biological efficacy and
kills 99.99% of all known viruses and bacteria, both airborne and on
surfaces, in minutes.
"The sheer speed
with which SitexOrbis have solved the problem has been amazing"
commented Christian Verhounig of the ship's operator. "We are
extremely impressed, as it took only a few hours to disinfect the ship,
rather than days of cleansing by traditional methods."
Chief Executive of SitexOrbis, said "We are delighted to have been
able to provide rapid assistance to ensure that the ship is disinfected
and back in operation."
infection control process fills every space in the premises with a
'vapour' of Activ8(TM), which is totally harmless to human beings and
animals, but kills 99.99% of life threatening bacteria and viruses,
including salmonella, MRSA, Clostridium Difficile, SARS, Listeria, avian
flu and H5N1 influenza A type viruses. A similar strain of influenza
virus H1N1 is apparently responsible for the current swine 'flu outbreak.
frequently used by SitexOrbis teams in schools, hospitals, offices,
leisure facilities and workplaces where Norovirus outbreaks can occur. It
is estimated that Norovirus affects between 600,000 and 1 million people
a year in the UK. The disinfectant Activ8(TM)has been scientifically
tested to be totally effective against Norovirus and other pathogens. The
treatment of rooms only takes a few minutes with a minimum of disruption
and, after sealing the premises for just an hour, the space is safe and
ready to use again. Because of its speed and capabilities, it is more
cost-effective than traditional steam-cleaning and less disruptive.
As with all
disinfection processes, Activ8(TM) cannot prevent re-infection of those
using premises, or a ship, by new visitors or passengers who carry the
virus. The incubation period of Norovirus is between 24 and 48 hours, so
reappearance of the infection weeks after disinfection is no reflection
on the effectiveness of the Activ8(TM) service.
is the UK's leading provider of vacant property protection and management
services. With over 25 years' experience in people and property
protection solutions and integrated services, SitexOrbis is trusted by
more than 1000 clients. The SitexOrbis group of companies generates
turnover in excess of GBP40 million and employs more than
600 people. The group includes companies in the U.K., Ireland,
Germany, France, the
Netherlands and Belgium. The new European
brand and company name, SitexOrbis, reflects the group's increased
activity on a pan-European level.
SitexOrbis has recently
brought to the market a new infection control vaporisation service using
Activ8(TM), which is totally harmless to human beings or animals, but
kills 99.99% of life threatening bacteria and viruses, including
Salmonella, MRSA, Clostridium Difficile, SARS, Listeria, Norovirus, Avian
Flu and H5N1 influenza A-type viruses. Activ8(TM) has been proven in
laboratory tests to be effective against similar strains of the viruses
responsible for Swine Flu
outbreak. Activ8(TM) is
frequently used in schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, offices,
leisure facilities and workplaces where infections can occur.
SitexOrbis has also
launched new technologies and products to boost commercial property
security. A new remotely programmable one-key-for-all-locks technology at
the heart of SitexOrbis' eMAKS Electronically Managed Access Key Systems
is about to revolutionise access to properties, enabling landlords to
identify the last person to visit a property, and how long they stayed.
The SitexOrbis mould
eradication service uses an immensely thorough three-stage treatment
process to totally remove the fungal organisms that cause mould in
buildings, thereby removing the proven Category One health risk to
occupants' respiratory systems caused by moulds.
The SitexOrbis lone
worker protection system enables workers to carry what looks like an ID
card holder, but which, as well as carrying a card, is an Identisafe
device packed with mobile telecoms to enable the worker to summon help.
UK Group Page: http://www.sitexorbis.co.uk
Full details and a
detailed technical brochure are available from http://www.sitexorbis.com/biotech