EPA Awards Cupron 4th Public Health Claim
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Cupron, creator of copper-based antimicrobial technologies, has received its fourth public health claim from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), expanding the technology’s anti-fungal claims to include tinea cruris or jock itch fungus – specifically its ability to kill Trichophyton mentagrophytes, which is the causative agent of jock itch fungus, by more than 99.9 percent after 12 hours of contact with Cupron-enhanced textiles.
"Adding a fourth EPA public health claim is a landmark achievement for Cupron’s technology, especially when you consider how rigorous the testing requirements are for each individual claim and the lack of a comparable antimicrobial technology currently available to the apparel industry,” said Alastair Monk, Ph.D., Cupron Director of Clinical and Scientific Affairs. "Cupron’s anti-fungal capabilities are significant because of how difficult fungal spores can be to remove. In a separate study, the Hohenstein Institute in Germany has demonstrated that fungal spores can be transferred between clothing in the laundry basket, and only washes at over 140 degrees Fahrenheit can completely remove fungal spores. Our technology provides a continuously active method to kill specific fungal spores on clothing.”
Last year, Cupron received a similar EPA public health claim highlighting the technology’s ability to kill 99.9 percent of athlete’s foot fungus on the fabric and fibers. Given the health and performance issues these two fungal problems pose to athletes, Cupron initially is partnering with apparel manufacturers to develop Cupron-enhanced athletic wear such as shorts, capris, leggings and tights. Cupron expects to begin announcing these partnerships and product availability throughout 2014.
Tinea cruris or jock itch is a contagious fungal infection of the groin that can cause itching, stinging and burning, and it can be spread by contact with an infected person, their contaminated clothing or textiles and contaminated surfaces. Jock itch also can be spread from contact with clothing contaminated with athlete’s foot fungus. Approximately one half of patients with jock itch also suffer from athlete’s foot.