What is a superbug?

It’s an informal term for a bacterium that has become resistant to antibiotics usually used to treat it. Every year, about 2 million people get sick from a superbug, according to the CDC. About 23,000 die. Earlier this year, an outbreak of CRE (carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae) linked to contaminated medical tools sickened 11 people at two Los-Angeles area hospitals. Two people died, and more than 200 others may have been exposed. This is serious stuff.

In regards to sports, MRSA, the acronym for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, has been plaguing sports teams for over 20 years. For the past 10 years, people have been taking measures to prevent it, however more needs to be done on a routine basis. There’s a lot of focus on athlete’s personal hygiene, while their equipment takes the back seat. Bacteria and viruses can grow in all those small creases and crevices, unseen and forgotten. Once it makes skin contact, it’s too late.

Ozone to the rescue

Ozone is now being used in hospitals to eradicate these superbugs. It’s 99.99% effectiveness makes it the number one choice in high-risk locations. The same effectiveness can be used for treating sports equipment. It’s ability to reach all those hard to reach crevices offers superior disinfection and sanitation.

Microorganisms susceptible to ozone treatment:

Aspergillus Niger (Black Mount)
Bacillus Bacteria

  • Bacillus Anthracis (causes anthrax in sheep, cattle and pigs. Also a human pathogen)

Bacillus cereus

  • B. cereus (spores)
  • Bacillus subtilis
  • Bacteriophage f2
  • Botrytis cinerea
  • c. difficile
  • Candida Bacteria
  • Clavibacter michiganense
  • Cladosporium
  • Clostridium Bacteria
  • Clostridium Botulinum Spores. Its toxin paralyses the central nerve system, being a poison multiplying in food and meals.
  • Coxsackie Virus A9
  • Coxsackie Virus B5
  • Diphtheria Pathogen
  • Eberth Bacillus (Typhus abdomanalis). Spreads typically by aqueous infection and causes typhoid.
  • Echo Virus 29: The virus most sensitive to ozone.
  • Enteric virus
  • Escherichia Coli Bacteria (from feces)
  • E-coli (in clean water)
  • E-coli (in wastewater)
  • Encephalomyocarditis Virus
  • Endamoebic Cysts Bacteria
  • Enterovirus Virus
  • Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lycopersici
  • Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. melonogea
  • GDVII Virus
  • Hepatitis A virus
  • Herpes Virus
  • Influenza Virus
  • Klebs-Loffler Bacillus
  • Legionella pneumophila
  • Luminescent Basidiomycetes (species having no melanin pigment).
  • Mucor piriformis
  • Mycobacterium avium
  • Mycobacterium foruitum
  • Penicillium Bacteria
  • Phytophthora parasitica
  • Poliomyelitis Virus
  • Poliovirus type 1
  • Proteus Bacteria
  • Pseudomonas Bacteria
  • Rhabdovirus virus
  • Salmonella Bacteria
  • Salmonella typhimurium
  • Schistosoma Bacteria
  • Staph epidermidis
  • Staphylococci
  • Stomatitis Virus
  • Streptococcus Bacteria
  • Verticillium dahliae
  • Vesicular Virus
  • Virbrio Cholera Bacteria
  • Vicia Faba progeny