Fantasilandia in Chile attracts more than 1.3 million visitors each year and all of these must touch the bars of the entrance turnstiles to start their day, potentially depositing or picking up disease-causing germs.
Copper is a powerful antimicrobial that quickly kills germs, including influenza A, E.coli and norovirus, and even those with antibiotic resistance such as MRSA. It shares this benefit with a range of copper alloys—including brasses and bronzes—forming a family of materials called ‘antimicrobial copper’.
Turnstile bars at the park have been replaced with antimicrobial copper, as have the grab rails on one of Fantasilandia’s most popular rides, the Tren Minero rollercoaster.
Fantasilandia’s General Manager, Gerardo Arteaga, says: ‘We’re here to entertain and delight, but wherever large numbers of people gather there is naturally a risk of infection spreading between them. Of course, hand washing is very important to prevent the spread of infection, but we wanted to provide some extra protection to our visitors, so that the only thing they take away with them is happy memories.’
For more information on the antimicrobial properties of copper, visit www.antimicrobialcopper.org.
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