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August 7, 2012

Cruise Ship Healthcare Conference Hears from Norovirus Expert

Zylast™ infectious disease specialist presents benefits of  broad spectrum anti-microbial products at Miami meeting.

Maj. Steven E. Czerwinski (Retired), an infectious disease expert who specialized in preventative chemical warfare research in the U.S. Army, made a keynote presentation to the conference.

A main point in the discussions was the danger of norovirus, which causes an extremely contagious stomach flu, in enclosed areas like cruise ships. Unlike other personal sanitization products on the market, Zylast has proven it can effectively kill the norovirus and can claim to be a "broad spectrum" antimicrobials under the Food and Drug Administration monograph.

A total of 20 million people in the U.S. alone each year are stricken with the stomach flu caused by norovirus, according to public health statistics, and it's an increasingly serious ailment aboard cruise ships. On average, 17 cruises are cancelled every year due to norovirus outbreaks, costing the cruise ship industry millions of dollars.  Norovirus is also a huge problem in schools and nursing homes and similar closed environments.

Maj. Czerwinski's presentation included a discussion of infection rates aboard cruise ships and how Zylast products have been proven to kill the worst culprit, norovirus.

"Zylast products have clearly demonstrated their effectiveness as broad spectrum antimicrobials, which is critical for the prevention of the highly-contagious stomach flu in places like cruise ships that have large enclosed areas filled with many people," Maj. Czerwinski said.


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