Magic part­ner with Vi­o­let De­fense to fight germs in locker rooms

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - LOCAL & STATE - By Naseem S. Miller Or­lando Sen­tinel [email protected]­lan­dosen­tinel. com or 321-436-9205

The Or­lando Magic are de­ploy­ing germ-killing U.V. ma­chines in their fa­cil­i­ties in part­ner­ship with the lo­cal com­pany Vi­o­let De­fense to re­duce the risk of MRSA in­fec­tion among ath­letes.

This is the first part­ner­ship of its kind in the NBA, the or­ga­ni­za­tions said.

“We are al­ways look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to keep our play­ers healthy,” said Or­lando Magic High-Performance Di­rec­tor David Ten­ney, in a news re­lease. “And by keep­ing our play­ers healthy and on the court, that gives us the best chance to win. With this ex­clu­sive part­ner­ship, we now have an­other tool avail­able to help us do that.”

Ath­letes are at a higher risk of get­ting in­fected with se­ri­ous germs like MRSA. Vi­o­let De­fense’s mo­bile UV units, which kill most of the germs in the air and sur­faces, can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the play­ers’ in­fec­tion risk.

“Pro­fes­sional ath­letes are very prone to fall­ing ill due to harm­ful germs, like MRSA, which can lead to missed games and may even end oth­er­wise bright ca­reers,” said Mark Nathan, Vi­o­let De­fense’s founder and chief sci­ence of­fi­cer. “With Vi­o­let De­fense, the Or­lando Magic are proac­tively tak­ing steps to pro­tect their team and help­ing to en­sure they are in top phys­i­cal con­di­tion.”

Ul­tra­vi­o­let light’s abil­ity to kill germs has been known for nearly a cen­tury and en­dorsed by fed­eral agen­cies such as the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion. Today, there are a range of germkilling ul­tra­vi­o­let prod­ucts on the mar­ket.

Vi­o­let De­fense has dif­fer­en­ti­ated it­self by patent­ing a tech­nol­ogy that minia­tur­izes the UV light so it can be in­te­grated into al­most any prod­uct or en­vi­ron­ment. The tech­nol­ogy also trans­mits the UV light bet­ter than ex­ist­ing prod­ucts, killing 99.9 per­cent of germs like E. coil, Sal­monella, norovirus and su­per­bugs like MRSA, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

MRSA is me­thi­cillin-re­sis­tant Sta­phy­lo­coc­cus au­reus, a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous type of staph bac­te­ria that is re­sis­tant to cer­tain an­tibi­otics and may cause skin and other in­fec­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion. The germ is spread by di­rect con­tact, shar­ing per­sonal items, or touch­ing con­tam­i­nated sur­faces and items.

The Magic are in­stalling Vi­o­let De­fense’s mo­bile UV ma­chine S.A.G.E. in the locker rooms, train­ing and weight rooms, and din­ing and med­i­cal areas. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is also plan­ning to add the tech­nol­ogy to fam­ily areas to dis­in­fect chil­dren’s play areas, the nurs­ery and bath­rooms.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, a key el­e­ment of this part­ner­ship will be the joint exploration of new ways to de­ploy the Vi­o­let De­fense tech­nol­ogy to pro­tect their ath­letes at home and on the road,” the or­ga­ni­za­tions said.

RED HUBER/OR­LANDO SEN­TINEL

Mark Nathan, founder and chief sci­ence of­fi­cer of Vi­o­let De­fense Tech­nol­ogy in Cel­e­bra­tion, holds a S.A.G.E. UV Whole Room Unit.

PUB­LIC HEALTH IM­AGE LI­BRARY

Mag­ni­fied 20,000 times, this col­orized scan­ning elec­tron mi­cro­graph shows a group­ing of me­thi­cillin re­sis­tant Sta­phy­lo­coc­cus au­reus (MRSA) bac­te­ria.

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