Copper and its alloys, such as brass, bronze and copper-nickel, are inherently antimicrobial. When cleaned regularly, frequently touched surfaces manufactured from uncoated copper alloy materials will continuously kill bacteria that cause infections. Over 400 copper alloy compositions are currently registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency to make public health claims about the ability to kill six, disease-causing bacteria, including the hospital superbugs MRSA and VRE. Copper-nickel alloys are a popular choice for antimicrobial touch surface applications as they combine excellent strength, durability and corrosion resistance.
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