Most people long for a break from the daily routine of work, school, family responsibilities and everyday worries. When they decide to “get away from it all” by planning a vacation, they do so with excitement and anticipation of all things wonderful. Most don’t give a second thought to the possibility that their choice of transportation could make them sick—or much worse.
Cruise ships and airplanes are incubating vessels for germs, viruses and bacteria. Large numbers of people come together from all parts of the globe, in various stages of health and well-being. The passengers, along with the crew, are coming on board carrying (unknowingly, most likely) a multitude of communicable diseases. Additionally, more pathogens can be picked up and brought back on board at seaport visits during the trip. The semi-enclosed environment of a ship accelerates the growth and transmission of infections from person to person and from contaminated surfaces and air.
Outbreaks of illness on cruise ships have been in the news more and more in the past few years. The most common on-board epidemic can be attributed to norovirus that causes gastroenteritis, or stomach flu. In one four year period, there were 27 outbreaks of norovirus on cruise liners. This virus is easily transferred and not so easily stopped, due to its ability to survive the routine cleaning methods most commonly used on these ships.
When it comes to travel woes, the transmission of disease doesn’t end with what you may consider a “not so serious” stomach bug. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “more than 20%–25% of all Legionnaires’ disease reported to CDC is travel-associated. Clusters of Legionnaires’ disease associated with hotel or cruise ship travel are difficult to identify, because travelers often disperse from the source of infection before symptoms begin.”
So, you say, I don’t take cruise vacations. I fly! I’m safe! Well…..you may not want to hear this, but in a study done by microbiologist Charles Gerba at the University of Arizona a few years ago, 60% of the tray tables in three different planes studied tested positive for the deadly superbug Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA—and we haven’t even started talking about the restrooms.
Airplanes are breeding grounds for norovirus, seasonal flu bacteria, the common cold virus, and E. coli pathogens. Think of the hundreds of passengers on one airplane in one day. Most airplanes have one restroom per 50 to 100 passengers. That’s a lot of E. coli in an extremely small area with a very tiny sink to wash up in. Besides, most people are in a big hurry to get out of there and back to the comfort (and germiness) of their seats. A study done in 2014 at Auburn University found that disease-causing bacteria can linger on surfaces in airplanes for up to one week with MRSA lasting longest (168 hours) on the seat pocket material and E. coli surviving the longest (96 hours) on the armrest fabric. Both of these areas propose risks to passengers via skin contact.
It’s not feasible for airline personnel to routinely wash every piece of fabric and surface in a plane. They also can’t take away pathogens in the air, on the carpet and on virtually every other inch of the vessel.
They may not be able to sterilize an entire plane quickly and efficiently. But we can. The fact is, if airlines in our country were to use our dry fog process on its airliners, they would not only reduce the number of clean-outs carried out each month, and absolutely cut their cleaning-time in half, they would also be saving time and money.
Our dry fog vapor system uses a sterilization solution, an EPA approved and registered sporicidal, that is released as a dry fog vapor into the targeted area that completely kills all viruses, bacteria, vegetative bacteria, mold, mold spores and odors safely, efficiently and cost effectively. Plus, our process leaves zero residues and is totally safe on all surfaces. In conducted studies, our dry fog process produces unparalleled results to any other product tested.
And there is one more enormous benefit worth mentioning. There is no doubt that jumping ahead of the competition by offering passengers a safe, sterile traveling environment would catapult any company to the pinnacle of the airline industry the moment that fact is released to the public.
Contact us to learn more about how CANI II Dry Fog Vapor System can be your solution.