Gadget to stop the spread of infection

A GADGET to stop the spread of infection on computer keyboards has been launched.

Tested by scientists at the University of Hertfordshire’s lab in Hatfield, the Germ Genie kills 99 per cent of germs including E.Coli, Staphylococcus Aureus and Bacillus Subtillis.

Aimed at those who have lots of different people uses one keyboard, the gadget which sits above a standard-size keyboard, using a UV light to sanitise the area.

Biodet director Richard Smith explained: “The Genie works by sensing finger movement on the computer keyboard, and after the user has finished it sanitises the keyboard with UV light.

“This treatment leaves the keyboard ready for the next user so they will not pick up microbes that would otherwise have posed a risk of passing on infections like flu, MRSA and E.Coli.

“Unlike other solutions, it will sanitise the keyboard many times each day, at exactly the times it is needed – after each user.”

Germ Genie, which was developed by Falcon Innovations and tested at the University of Hertfordshire’s Biodet laboratory, will be introduced at the Total Workplace Management show today (Thursday) and the Hospital Infection Society Conference in Liverpool on October 11 to 13.

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It is expected to cost in the region of �100 to �150.