When the swine flu has caused epidemic in more than 100 countries, and the new influenza H1Ni has resulted in a mortality rate of 0.2% to 0.4% in Europe and America, the Asian countries so far have not suffered significant harm owing to the hot weather. But, as the summer approaches an end, and autumn usually is the peak season for pandemic outbreak, scholars and experts warn that "the new influenza outbreak is virtually unstoppable." And as the native H1N1 flu has become drug resistant, it plants a time bomb for future spread of the disease, as well as the emergence of a variant virus strain which may cause the mortality rate to go up.
In a press conference held on July 21st, Vice President Tai-Jen Chen announced to the world that , following their success in inventing the NTU Anti-SARS No. 1, the NTU Nano-Bio MEMS Group, composed of NTU Professors Chih-Kung Lee, Shi-Ming Lin and Tamkang University Professor Adam Shih-Yuan Lee, has continued to actively conduct research on a compound that can control the spread of the H1N1, and that the newly developed compound is both "anti nano-virus" and "anti-micro-bacteria" in its function.
Under the support from the National Science Council and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the NTU Nano-Bio MEMS Group underwent countless screenings of compounds as well as bacteria and virus tests before its team members were able to develop the in vitro "the King of Drugs"—the NTU Virus Bom which can break down and inhibit nano viruses which include Avian flu viruses H2N2, H5N5, A type influenza H1N1, Tamiflu resistant strain H1N1, enterovirus 71, and microbacteria staphylococcus aureus without harming the human body.
In Denmark, Japan and Hong Kong cases were reported that patients have developed resistance to the anti flu drug Tamiflu. Once the resistance is developed, for patients who already have chronic diseases, if they contract H1N1, their mortality rate will go up at least five times (the current mortality rate is around 0.2% to 0.3%). Therefore, NTU's invention of Virus Bom will play a pivotal role in the control of the pandemic. Whereas the horrible enterovirus 71 which scares the wit out of many parents is the major pathogen for children's disease and death, with a mortality rate between 3.8% amd 25.7%, the NTU Virus-Bom can also successfully break down the structure of enterovirus 71, thereby bringing a welcome relief to families with children.
Vice President of NTU Dr. George tai-Jen Chen indicates that, the promotion and application of the NTU Virus Bom technology provide a best example of the technological transfer of NTU's research achievements to the industry. At present NTU Virus Bom technology is being applied to produce commercial products to benefit the general public, and the products fall into three major categories: cleaning products: spraying agents, cleaning tissues, hand wash lotions, laundry detergents, cleaning wet towels, laundry compounds, an deodorants; filtering materials: air conditioning filters, air filters; and protective materials: face masks, protective garments, and so on.
The danger of A-type influenza virus and Tamiflu resistant strain of A-type influenza virus (H1N1)
H1N1 viruses are transmitted through the air and through human contact. The epidemic spread of the viruses is extremely fast, the scope of which is very wide, and the complications are very severe, especially found in bacterial and viral pneumonia. When the viruses are spreading, severe diseases and death are usually prevalent among the elderly people, especially those who have heart, lung, kidney or metabolic diseases or who have anemia or immune dysfunctions. At present the mortality rate reaches between 0.2% to 0.4%. It is estimated that as the weather turns cool in autumn the infection of H1N1 will peak.
The danger of avian flu (H5N2, H5N1)
The viruses of the avian flu mainly affect birds. The viruses are highly contagious among birds and easily cause birds' death. Existing experience tells us that patients who have avian flu display severe clinical symptoms, which lead to rapid deterioration of their health or result in their death. The mortality rate for avian flu patients is higher than 50%. As human beings so far have not been able to find an anti-body for avian flu, the flu stands a very high chance of becoming a pandemic.
The high risk of enterovirus 71
Enterovirus 71 can easily cause nervous system complications. The distribution of this type of enterovirus is worldwide. Children are usually the high risk group for severe disease and death associated with enterovirus 71. The mortality rate caused by severe disease associated with enterovirus 71 is between 3.8% to 25.7%. From January 1st to May 31st, hospitals in Taiwan have reported 56 cases of severe disease caused by enterovirus 71, of which 21 cases have been confirmed, including 2 cases of death. For the same period last year, there were 220 reported cases of severe disease caused by enterovirus 71, of which 173 cases were confirmed, including 8 cases of death. According to the statistics provided by the "Fixed Spot Doctors Sentinel Program" (data as of May 30th, 2009, a 22-week monitoring), the outbreak of enterovirus infection is on the rise recently. "
The danger of staphylococcus aureus
Staphylococcus aureus is a ubiquitous bacteria. In addition to being a major
source of pollution for the food industry, it is also a pathogen for chronic nosocomial infection in hospitals. Particularly for patients who undergo surgery, who do long term dialysis, who have skin lesions and who have immune system
dysfunctions , this bacteria often cause infections at the surgical part or infections of the whole body. Especially for large scale teaching hospitals, the infection rate is the highest and the spread of the disease is the fastest.