WVU Basketball Team fights flu outbreak
OHIO COUNTY, W. Va. —
The flu epidemic is hitting the area hard -- including West Virginia University's Men's Basketball team. A Wheeling company is helping them and others to cope.
Panhandle's Infection Control Service Division teamed up with WVU to disinfect the athletic facilities.
It's a service they offer locally, too, to help prevent the spread of the flu and other illness.
"I had so many guys sick we didn't even practice,” said WVU Men's Basketball Head Coach Bob Huggins
After a call with WVU Coach Bob Huggins, Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration - out of Wheeling - made the trip to Morgantown to deal with the quickly spreading flu virus concerning the WVU Men's Basketball Team.
Josh Contraguerro with Panhandle said they disinfected parts of the coliseum, the practice facility and the locker room to help prevent the illness from spreading any further.
The company said the system is very unique. They said it's the only one like it in the region.
"After Sept. 11, it was U.S. government property up until a few years ago, and then it was open to the public and we bought a few, and there's only about 200 in the entire country,” Contraguerro said. "It kills everything from the common cold, the flu, staph infection MERSA, c-diff and it fights against Ebola."
Contraguerro said crews have also been busy in Wheeling as the epidemic continues.
He says it's a much safer and better system than disinfecting with bleach or another over the counter product.
"This can be sprayed on anything without concern for bleaching office chair, carpet, wallpaper or ruin computers and we go into ICU units and spray it and it gets it to medical grade clean,” Contraguerro said.
Panhandle says the service is more affordable than most think, and it is available in any home, not just a basketball stadium.
He said after about 20 minutes it's safe to reenter a treated room.